July 2015: Forty-five North American friars gathered for the official “Beginning Fraternity” rite of welcoming five new Postulants, in the retreat center chapel of the National Shrine of Maximilian Kolbe – Marytown (Libertyville, IL). Three men from Our Lady of the Angels Province [pictured below] and two from St. Joseph Cupertino Province now begin a year of Pre-Novitiate Formation at the St. Bonaventure Friary, in Chicago. IL. The Formation Assembly, a meeting of the twenty-five representatives of the formation commission of the jurisdictions in the Conventual Franciscan Federation (CFF) of North America, Australia, Great Britain and Ireland also convened to work on the draft of a Federation Director of Formation [pictured above].
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