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Vocation Events Offered From New England to Florida

  Four men joined the friars in New York City for five days of a unique “Come and See” experience during Francis Week. Here, Brian Jordan welcomes the discerners and Vocation Office staff to St. Francis College in Brooklyn. (Photo courtesy of the Vocation Ministry) Do you...
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Seven Received into Postulancy Program

SILVER SPRING, Md. — In a chapel filled with friars and Franciscan Volunteer Ministers, seven men were welcomed into Holy Name Province’s postulancy program on Aug. 30 during evening prayer at Holy Name College. During the prayer service, Crawford Bennett, James Bernard, Nicholas...
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General Minister Encourages Creation of Organic Discernment Communities

The friars of Holy Name Province are witnessing many exciting developments in vocation. Recently, they welcomed seven new postulants — an increase from previous years. Now, regional organic discernment communities are being formed by friars throughout the Province, inviting men...
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New Discernment Communities Growing in Holy Name Province

  Hot off the press! HNP Communications Director covers a new and growing trend in Holy Name Province Vocations: local discernment groups hosted by individual friaries. Could God be calling YOU to join a local discernment group? Are being called to be a Franciscan Friar?...
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Formation Update: Interfaith Dialogue Highlights Annual Gathering

By Br. John Aherne, OFM Seventeen friars in initial formation, along with six solemnly-professed friars, hunkered down during the recent polar vortex to take part in the annual formation intersession, held from Jan. 4 to 8 at the Bon Secours Spiritual Center in Marriottsville,...
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Formation Update: Receiving the Habit

By Br. Abraham Joseph, OFM The novices at the Franciscan Interprovincial Novitiate of the United States OFM provinces received their habits during the rite of investiture ceremony celebrated last month. In the reflection below, Holy Name Province’s student friar Br. Abraham...
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A Life Ordained by God

By Br. Casey Cole, OFM At the beginning of Postulancy I had the privilege of attending a solemn profession of two of our brothers within the first week. In my post at the time, I mentioned that it was a great experience to have before starting because it offered a clear picture...
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Meet Our Postulant Class of 2013

Get to know the men who have entered formation to become friars. Meet Patrick, Javier, Daniel, Deivis, Christian, Aaron and Andrew, We also welcome back Abel, who is continuing his studies in English. This diverse group of men represents six countries of birth – Colombia,...
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Province Welcomes Largest Group of Men in Ten Years

Seven men began their first year of formation to Franciscan life in August. During this time of discernment and transition to religious life, they will live in community, participating fully in prayer, Eucharist, meals and ministerial work. This year, the postulant program...
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Thirteen Received as Novices in Wisconsin

Following the postulant year, the novitiate provides spiritual formation in the Franciscan tradition. Br. Abraham Joseph, OFM, was received as a novice at St. Francis Friary in Burlington, Wis., along with 12 men from the six other OFM provinces in the U.S., as well as the...
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