BURLINGTON, Wis. — On Nov. 20, the feast of Christ the King, 13 novices from seven Franciscan entities received their habits of probation at the Interprovincial Novitiate.
Those completing the rite of investiture included four Holy Name Province friars — James Bernard, OFM, Nicholas Carbuto, OFM, Steven Kuehn, OFM, and Adolfo Navarro-Blanco, OFM, as well as Brothers Gerardo Camacho, OFM, Daniel Gordon, OFM, and Casey Hoversten, OFM, of Sacred Heart Province; Matthew Tenney, OFM, and Bradley Tuel, OFM, of St. Barbara Province; Thomas Marchetti, OFM, of Assumption BVM Province; Mathiew Lacerte, OFM, of St. Joseph Province, Canada; John Paul Carroll, OFM, of the Province of Ireland and Kestas Watson, OFM, of the Custody of the Immaculate Conception, England.
The novitiate community was joined by other friars from around the Province, including HNP members from the Chicago friaries, as well as vocation director Basil Valente, OFM. Javier Del Angel De Los Santos, OFM, of Chicago, provided the music for the ceremony.
By receiving the habit, each novice signaled his commitment to move into a deeper level of discernment with God and the Order. The habit, Michael Blastic, OFM, said to those gathered for the ceremony, is also a connection to each and every friar.
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