The two postulants of our Province’s foundation in Peru, Percy Osorio Palpanand Edgardo Zea Laura, were received into the Order as novices on Sept. 15, in the Mexican state of Baja California Norte. They had flown to Mexico earlier in the week, where they were warmly welcomed among the friars of the Junipero Serra Province. They were accompanied by Paul Breslin, guardian and formation director of the Lima fraternity.
The formation directorate had decided several years ago that candidates from our Peru mission, rather than coming to the United States for novitiate, should spend the year among people of their own culture and language, as they do the rest of their formation. Several years ago, Winston Guzman, currently a simply-professed friar in Lima, made his novitiate with the other Peruvian entities. However, this year, for several reasons, it proved impossible for Percy and Edgardo to be part of the Peruvian inter-novitiate program. Paul and Dominic Monti, director of formation and studies, made inquiries among other Latin American provinces, and earlier this year, the recently-founded Province of Junipero Serra in Mexico graciously agreed to accept Percy and Edgardo into their novitiate program.
Because their province has been working together with the St. Barbara Province in the Western U.S. on a number of initiatives, the Province of Junipero Serra has a good familiarity with American culture. This new novitiate initiative renews old ties, since the friars of Junipero Serra, a daughter of the Province of Sts. Francis and James of Jalisco, remember gratefully the assistance that Holy Name Province extended them in the 1940s, when a number of our friars served there.
The novitiate is located in the town of Colonia Vicente Guerrero, which is approximatly four hours south of Tijuana on the Baja California peninsula.