Formation Update: Postulants Visit New York, New Jersey Ministries

By Fr. Ronald Pecci, OFM Postulancy is a unique year in the journey to Franciscan life. During this first stage of formation, men live in community at Holy Name College in Silver Spring, Md., to acclimate to the rhythms of religious life. They also travel throughout the province...
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Things That Help Me Discern, Part 2: Doing

By Daniel Beckham The following reflection is taken from a blog entitled “Detour to Holiness: My Wayward Journey to the Religious Life … So Far” by Daniel Beckham, who will begin his postulant year with Holy Name Province this August. In this entry, posted May...
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Postulancy: A Year of Discernment

The reflection below was contributed by Casey Cole, who recently completed his postulant, or first, year of initial formation to Franciscan life. Postulants live at St. Paul Friary in Wilmington, Del., to experience community life and further discern their vocations under the...
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The End As We Know It

By Casey Cole After nearly nine months of attending workshops, meeting friars, ministering, praying, reflecting, and so on and so forth, the postulancy year is just about over… Well, with the exception of the final three months we have yet to complete. With all the goodbyes we’ve...
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A Life to Share

By Casey Cole Celibacy can be a bit of a deal breaker. Ask any young Catholic man or woman, active in their faith, why they are not considering some form of consecrated life, and I can almost guarantee that celibacy is one of the reasons. “I really want to get married,” you might...
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Becoming a Friar: My Experiences in Formation

By Br. Edgardo Zea Laura, OFM I was born on Oct. 15, 1979, in Arequipa, Peru. Over a period of four years, I earned a certificate in clinical laboratory science from Cayetano Heredia Institute and worked as a lab hematologist in a clinic in Lima. In my spare time I enjoy walking,...
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