The 2019 Novitiate class of the North American InterProvincial Novitiate of the Franciscan Friars Conventual (OFM Conv.) consists of five men from three of the four North American Provinces.
Friar Novices live together for a year and day, taking part in the novitiate program under the guidance of the formation team: Director of Novices – Friar Joseph Wood, OFM Conv. of St. Bonaventure Province and Assistant Novice Director – Friar Maurice Richard, OFM Conv. & Friar in Residence – Friar Alex B. Cymerman, OFM Conv. of Our Lady of the Angels Province.
The program includes private and communal prayer, fraternity, manual work, classes, workshops, seminars, and other activities in line with the goals of this stage of formation.
Three of the five Friar Novices in the 2019 Class are of our Province:
Friar Antonio Moualeu, OFM Conv. ~ friar Antonio was born in Douala, Cameroon. In high school, he enjoyed science studies and singing in the school choir. In 2004, he moved with his family to Texas, where he studied biomedical engineering. He then pursued graduate studies in the same field at Georgia Tech. Feeling a calling to Religious Life, he met with some Franciscan Friars Conventual during the 2015 Eucharistic Congress, in Atlanta. He was drawn to our way of life and attended a “Come and See” that same year. He was accepted into the Franciscan postulancy program two years later.
Friar Raad Eshoo, OFM Conv. ~ friar Raad was born in the city of Mosul, Iraq in 1986. By 2007, due to the violence against Christians at that time, his family immigrated to Syria. Afterward, the family immigrated again to Canada, where he worked as a quality assurance technician for a hydraulic hose company. His call to the vocation of Religious Life began at home in Iraq, with his strong desire to do something meaningful in his life. He eventually found a religious vocation with the Franciscans, especially regarding our love of serving the poor and preaching the Gospel.
Friar Joseph Krondon, OFM Conv. ~ friar Joe is from Pasadena, Maryland. He attended Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore, which is staffed by our friars. At Curley, he was able to observe the friars and our way of life. Our friars serving there preached and lived a simple, Gospel life that was very attractive to him. When he started to discern a vocation, our friars were more than happy to help! He continued to meet more friars when he attended a number of events hosted at our St. Anthony Shrine in Ellicott City. Following graduation from high school, he decided to enter our Order, feeling the vowed life calling him to a Divine challenge.