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Franciscan Interprovincial Novitiate

Formation Update: ‘The Habit Doesn’t Make the Franciscan’

By Br. Abraham Joseph, OFM The novices at the Franciscan Interprovincial Novitiate of the United States OFM provinces are roughly halfway through their yearlong stay in Burlington, Wis. In the reflection below, Holy Name Province’s student friar, originally from Haiti, writes...
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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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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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Four Novices Profess Simple Vows as Franciscans

The profession of simple vows is an important milestone in Franciscan formation. Marking the end of their novitiate year, four men professed vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience before our Provincial Minister, each receiving a cord with three knots symbolizing thes...
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Tying the Knot(s)

By Br. Casey Cole, OFM Today our brothers Edgardo Jara, Ramon Razon, Dennis Bennett, and Casey Cole make their first profession of vows at the Interprovincial Novitiate in Burlington, Wis. We celebrate this major milestone with them, and we hold them in prayer as they continue...
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Novices Receive Habits, Visit From General Minister of Franciscan Order

The novitiate, or second year of formation, is an opportunity for student friars to immerse themselves in Franciscan spirituality, and deepen their relationship with God. Several months into the year, an important milestone occurs when the novices receive the Francisca...
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The Freedom of Letting Go

By Br. Casey Cole, OFM For one year, I will be without social communication such as Facebook, texting, this blog or anything that uses the internet. I will surrender the use of my bank account and credit card, and will live on a modest stipend of $50 a month giving any money I...
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In Two Weeks

By Casey Cole In two weeks, the postulants of Holy Name Province will leave our home in Wilmington, Del. Packing up everything we own, we will say goodbye to the house we called home, the rooms we called “sacred space,” and the men we called brothers. In two weeks, we will move...
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A Year Unplugged: A Reflection on My Novitiate Year

By Br. John Aherne, OFM “This year will be particularly structured to allow space and opportunity for silence, reflection and prayer in each man’s life and together.  We will provide you with phone cards to keep in contact with your loved ones, but active cell phones are not to...
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Franciscan Novitiate: A Year of “Firsts”

By Br. George Camacho, OFM My novitiate year has been a year of “firsts.” Before entering the initial formation program of Holy Name Province, I never intended to live in the Midwest. Nonetheless, I have exchanged New York skyscrapers for Indiana oak trees, where I live in...
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