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Holy Name Province

The Canticle of the Creatures

In recognition of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, which is Oct. 4, we would like to take this opportunity to share one of his most beautiful writings, “The Canticle of the Creatures,” composed as a hymn in the year 1225. Francis wrote, “I wish to compose a new hymn about the...
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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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Brother Wants to Bother: What Brotherhood Means to Me

As Franciscans, we are first and foremost a community of brothers. Within this community, some of us choose to be friar priests, and others non-ordained brothers. As he prepares for a future as a brother friar, newly professed Ramon Razon, OFM, describes this unique vocation as...
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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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Things That Help Me Discern, Part 3: Being Joyful

By Daniel Beckham The following is the final installment in a three-part series exploring the importance of “being” in discerning a vocation to religious life. In it, Daniel Beckham, who entered initial formation in late August, focuses on being joyful. Previous...
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Things that Help Me Discern, Part 3: Being Honest (or the Important of Being Ernest)

By Daniel Beckham The following is the second installment in a three-part series exploring the importance of “being” in discerning a vocation to religious life. In it, Daniel Beckham, who entered initial formation in late August, focuses on honesty — with oneself,...
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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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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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