Our Order’s Postulancy for the four provinces serving North America is located in Chicago, IL. Friars from all of these provinces often work together in ministry. Each province also has friars working abroad, as well as governance over Delegations and Custodies around the world, however each of the four provinces in North America primarily minister to individual jurisdictions. Our Lady of the Angels Province serves the East Coast. St. Bonaventure Province serves the Midwestern US. The Province of Our Lady of Consolation serves the belt of states between them. St. Joseph Cupertino Province serves the Western Coast of the US.
As the Postulants from these four provinces spend their Postulancy Formation together, at the St. B0naventure Friary, in Chicago, IL, it is important for them to also take time visiting their individual province ministries, friars and friaries. After their Christmas break, these friars in formation spend the first three weeks of the new year visiting their home province. The five Postulants of Our Lady of the Angels Province, Mr. Fabian Adderley, Mr. Richard Rome, Mr. Steven Arias Mosquera, Mr. Mario Camarillo and Mr. Joseph Krondon began their three week visit on January 3, 2017, visiting our friars in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
The Postulants had the opportunity to visit with our newest and oldest friars during these weeks. They not only visited the ministries of active friars but also stopped in to visit with our infirmed and hospitalized friars, as well.
The friar hopefuls visited students at St. Stanislaus School, and extension of our pastoral ministry at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus, Bishop & Martyr, in Chicopee, MA. They had to opportunity to participate in the Epiphany Extractions of Patron Saints with the friars of St. Paul Friary, in Kensington, CT and work with the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Assisi, in Holyoke, MA who also ministry at St. Stanislaus.
The group then traveled onto NY. They visited with the friars residing in one of our largest friaries. Immaculate Conception Friary, in Rensselaer – NY is “home” to 13 friars, with two living offsite. They enjoyed a fraternal visit and lunch before heading to Syracuse, NY and another one of our larger friaries. St. Francis Friary is residence to 9 friars who serve in multiple ministries of the Franciscan Church of the Assumption – including the Franciscan Place Chapel & Gift Shop within Destiny USA Mall, Assumption Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen, the Poverello Health Center and Franciscan Northside Ministries. Friars from St. Francis Friary in Syracuse also serve FrancisCorps, in Campus Ministry for Syracuse University (SU) and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY – ESF). While there, the Postulants helped at the food pantry, soup kitchen and in the health center. They also visited the Franciscan Place at the mall, and helped take down the Christmas decorations, as well as help move heavy items. The group met up with the FrancisCorps Volunteers and even went out for a trivia night at a local restaurant.
The Postulants next traveled onto New York City. Guided by our friars serving in Brooklyn, NY, they enjoyed a little sight-seeing, then worked at the our San Damiano Mission. The friars serving at the mission has been working with the community to raise funds to restore the organ and the Postulants chipped in to temporarily remove some pews and then move in the new organ, piece by piece. They also removed the old kneeler pads & scraped off the glue from the sanctuary and buffed the marble. While still with our Brooklyn friars, the Postulants toured the Vocation Office, served meals at the shelter, made meals at the pantry, and cleaned the “thrift store.”
The three week tour of the province, ended in Maryland. There, they shared dinner with the friars of the Portiuncula Friary who serve in our Provincial House, in Ellicott City. They visited the friars serving at the Shrine of St. Anthony as well as those in our Post-Novitiate, in Silver Spring. They attended Mass and had lunch with the friars of St. Casmir Friary – Baltimore (serving St. Casimir Church, St. Anne Catholic Church, St. Wenceslaus Church, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, and St. Francis Academy) and ended with dinner with the friars of Immaculate Heart of Mary, who serve as Administration & Staff at Archbishop Curley High School.
Please keep our Postulants in your continued prayers.
If you know anyone who may feel called to be a friar
or who interested is getting more information during his discernment process,
please contact our Vocation Director, Fr. Russell Governale, OFM Conv.