2017 Investiture and Sending

Novitiate Class of 2017 pictured with Friar Jude Winkler, OFM Conv. ~ Assistant General CFF (far right), Friar Jim Kent, OFM Conv. ~ Minister Provincial * Province of Our Lady of Consolation (far left), Friar John Heinz, OFM Conv. ~ Minister Provincial * Province of St. Joseph Cupertino (2nd from left), Friar Michael Zielke, OFM Conv. ~ Minister Provincial * Province of St. Bonaventure (kneeling left) and Friar James McCurry, OFM Conv. ~ Minister Provincial * Our Lady of the Angels Province (kneeling right)

On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, the Minister Provincials from the four Provinces of North America welcomed the Novitiate Class of 2017 to the St. Francis of Assisi Friary Interprovincial Novitate in Arroyo Grande, CA.

friar Fabian is vested with the habit of our Order by our Minister Provincial, Friar James

friar Rich receives his 1st cord from Friar James. He will not receive a knotted cord until his Profession of Simple Vows.

friar Steven’s habit is complete

friar Joseph and friar Mario joyfully vested in the habit of the Franciscan Friars Conventual

The newly Invested Novices of our province pictured with our Vocation Director ~ Fr. Russell Governale, OFM Conv. (far right) Pictured left to right: friar Richard Rome, OFM Conv., friar Fabian Adderley, OFM Conv., friar Mario Camarillo, OFM Conv., friar Joseph Cannon, OFM Conv. and friar Steven Arias Mosquera, OFM Conv.

friar Mario, friar Steven, friar Fabian and friar Rich spent this last year of Formation at our Inter-Provincial Postulancy in Chicago, IL under the tutelage of Our Lady of the Angels Province friar (Guardian & Postulancy Director) Br. Paschal Kolodziej, OFM Conv. (pictured in sunglasses). As friar Joseph (far right) passed to us from another Order, he spent his last year teaching at one of our high school ministries. Please keep our five newly Invested Novices, and the additional five 2017 Postulants under the care of Br. Pascal in Chicago, in your continued prayers.

In addition to the joyful celebration of the newly Invested Novices, those of the Novitiate Class of 2016 were sent forth to their own Provinces for Post Novitiate studies. During this “sending” the Minister Provincials gifted a new cross and a knotted cord to each of these “graduating” friars. Our Lady of the Angels Province is please to announce that friar Jason DeMartini, OFM Conv. (seen here receiving his cross and knotted cord from our Minister Provincial, Friar James) will Profess his Simple (Temporary) Vows on on Monday, July 24, 2017, at our Shrine of St. Anthony (Ellicott City, MD) during our Province Jubilarian Celebration.

Please keep all of these friars, and all of the friars of our Order in your continued prayers.

Embracing Love: A Vocation Prayer

Loving and Generous God,
it is You who call us by name
and ask us to follow You.
Help us to grow in the Love
and Service of our Church
as we experience it today.
Give us the energy and courage
of Your Spirit as we make all things new.
Grant us faith-filled ministers
who will embrace Christ’s Mission
of love and justice.
Bless our faith community
by raising up dedicated, generous disciples
who will serve Your people as Sisters,
Friars, Priests, Deacons and Lay Ministers.
Open our hearts to hear Your call
and inspire us to know You better.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.

For more information on Vocations, Franciscan Friars Conventual or Our Lady of the Angels Province, please contact Fr. Russell Governale, OFM Conv. at 718-510-5822 or via email at vocations@olaprovince.org