Currently, Our Lady of the Angels Province has five Postulants learning a bit more about the life of Conventual Franciscan Friars, while living in the St. Bonaventure Friary (Postulancy for the four North American Provinces). Mr. Fabian Adderley, Mr. Richard Rome, Mr. Steven Arias Mosquer, Mr. Mario Camarillo and Mr. Joseph Krondon are spending this next year under the guidance of the Postulancy Director, Our Lady of the Angels Province friar, Br. Paschal Kolodziej, OFM Conv. and the other veteran friars living there.
During this time, the postulants will often spent some time serving at the St. Thomas of Canterbury Roman Catholic Parish’s Soup Kitchen. St. Thomas of Canterbury Parish is a pastoral ministry of the St. Bonaventure Province, in which the Postulancy resides. The Social Justice Outreach of the parish is run by the friars and parishioners and is part of the Catholic presence in the Uptown Chicago neighborhood. It is open for dinner on Tuesday and Friday. Our Postulants will be going there whenever they have the opportunity throughout this year. There, they will prepare and cook a meal, and then serve it to 90 to 150 people each evening. The doors are open to guests from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. If you are from the Chicago area and would like to help the friars serve those in need in the community, volunteer opportunities are available there and through the parish’s Food Pantry and Clothing Room.
If you feel a call to explore the life of Conventual Franciscan Friars during your vocation discernment, and want more information about this first step when the postulant is immersed in the community life of a friar and introduced more deeply to Saint Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan tradition, as he begins to learn the more about the active and contemplative dimensions of our charism, please contact our Vocation Director, Fr. Russell Governale, OFM Conv. Feel free to present him with your questions and let him help you on your discernment journey.