On August 15, 2016, our friars were on hands for a celebration of the Solemn Profession of Vows of Friar Emanuel Vasconcelos, OFM Conv. and Friar Maximilian Avila Pacheco, OFM Conv. in the Shrine of St. Anthony Chapel (Ellicott City, MD).
In less than a month, on June 25, 2017, we will gather again in that same chapel to celebrate their Deaconate Ordination. We ask that you keep our confreres in your prayers, as well as all of the friars in formation for our province, in the other three North American provinces, and in the Franciscan Friars Conventual provinces throughout the world.
A FRIAR’S VOCATION PRAYER
May my life of prayer and service, O Lord,
show those I serve the reality of Your love.
Make me poor, chaste and holy
that I may be an example to all who cross my path.
May everything I do tell others I am happy serving them;
may my life be a sign to Your people,
Especially to those who so carefully observe me,
of the joy that should be mine in my vocation.
Use me and my work, O Lord,
that I may be the means of bringing dedicated vocations
to my Franciscan Family.