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My First 24 Hours

By Br. Casey Cole, OFM Vacation is over and it’s on to the next thing: summer assignment at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Camden, N.J. If the first 24 hours here are any indication of how the summer is going to go, it’s going to be a full summer. I hit the ground running the...
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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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Really, Would You Do It With Me?

By Br. Casey Cole, OFM During a trip to Greenville, S.C., last month, Br. Casey Cole, OFM, spoke to parishioners of St. Anthony of Padua Church during several weekend Masses. Describing God’s constant and supportive presence in our lives, he shared a bit of his own...
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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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Things that Help Me Discern, Part 3: Being Open

By Daniel Beckham After a somewhat lengthy hiatus, the following is a final installment of a three-part series on “things that help me discern.” In it, Daniel Beckham, who entered initial formation in Silver Spring, Md., in late August, reflects on some of the ways of...
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Postulant Program Moves to Maryland

By Fr. Dominic Monti, OFM Following a decision by the Provincial Council at its June meeting, the postulancy program, or first stage of initial formation to friar life, has moved to Holy Name College in Silver Spring, Maryland.  The postulant program, once known as the “affiliate...
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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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Formation: Student Friars Gather in Maryland for Prayer, Talks, Sharing

by Fr. Dominic Monti, OFM Most of the men in initial formation for Franciscan life and ministry in Holy Name Province gathered Jan. 6 to 9 for the annual intersession program at the Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center in Marriottsville, Md. The purpose of the program,...
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Meet Our Postulants

Wilmer Garcia and Junior Joseph have begun their first year of formation in Wilmington, Del. As postulants, the men will discern their calling to friar life by attending workshops and retreats, and visiting ministries throughout the Province. Originally from El Salvador, Wilmer...
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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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