Our Lady of the Angels Province Vicar Provincial, Fr. Brad Milunski, OFM Conv. traveled to Brazil, January 14-18, 2017, to meet with the Custos and the Custodial Definitory for an entire day (Jan. 17) and then help facilitate a Custodial assembly (Jan. 18) to prepare for the friars’ upcoming Ordinary Chapter in, April 2017. During the day-long assembly, marked by fraternity, fine food, discussion, and prayer, the friars took a straw vote that expressed a firm resolve to move toward becoming a province and to make a reasonable timeline for this goal a central piece of their next four-year plan. The friars spent a good portion of time in small groups to provide input for chapter planning. A special commission was formed to evaluate the current ministries of the Custody and help the friars envision possibilities for future ministries. The friars in Rio continue to be grateful for the prayerful support of the Province as they move forward.