The Franciscan custom of extracting patrons and passage, on the Feast of the Epiphany reflects a reverence for the saints and the understanding of the need for continuing promotion of personal holiness. During the extraction ceremony, participants chose a unique name of a saint to be considered a prayerful patron in addition to a short personal precept to be considered a focal point for spiritual concentrated development. This is a communal ceremony and can include not only those members of an individual friary, but those in an area, those serving in the same ministry site or those sharing the same Franciscan Charism. This can include other Franciscan Orders of priests, brothers and sisters, as well as Secular Franciscans and those sharing in ministry of Franciscan sites. The “picking” of the names and precepts are accompanied by a fraternal meal and time for fellowship. This is a time of great celebration during the Christmas season and an event which we all look forward to, each year.