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Silver Spring Md.

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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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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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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How Do You Bless the Work You Do Today?

By Fr. Mike Johnson, OFM Each day I receive an email contemplation exercise from http://revealedpresence.com/. There is a photo — usually of some incredible nature scene. The photographer has such an amazing eye for drawing out the sublime from what, for me, would be ordinary and...
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A Day Wasted?

I had the day all planned out. Things were nicely scheduled with a bit of fudge time built in to allow for the unforeseen, yet inevitable interruptions. There was even an hour in the pool on the agenda. That is the beauty of a day off, it’s a blank slate that you can fill — or...
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Franciscan Life — Many Things, Never Dull

By Fr. Mike Johnson, OFM Last year, our friar community made the commitment to get out and monthly try something new together — something outside our collective comfort zone. A few months ago, it was a cooking class. Last month was demolition with Habitat for Humanity. This week,...
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Some Reflections on Ordination to the Priesthood

By Fr. Dan Horan, OFM “Do you feel any different?” has been the recurring and most popular question posed to me since Saturday morning when I and my Franciscan confrere, Steve DeWitt, were ordained priests by Cardinal McCarrick in Silver Spring, MD. It was a wonderful...
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Slogging Toward Completion

By Fr. Mike Johnson, OFM I opened my e-mail to review the daily report on the construction of our Victory Housing project for low income seniors. Up toward the top is the days lost to rain — 18. Some days I look out on that big expanse of brown and it looks like a muddy...
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