Catching up with Our Postulants

Under the careful eye of his Guardian and Postulancy Director, Br. Paschal Kolodziej, OFM Conv., Postulant Fabian Adderley is being measured for his habit by Rosario and Theresa, parishioners at St. Ita’s Parish (Chicago, IL); one of the newest pastoral ministries of our friars. Friar Paschal and Fabian are both of our province. St. Ita’s is also the ministry home of another one of Our Lady of the Angels Province friars, Fr. José Guadalupe Matus Castillo, OFM Conv., who serves there as Associate Pastor. The other friars serving at St. Ita Catholic Church are from the St. Bonaventure Province.

The last time we checked in with our province postulants, they were spending three weeks in January visiting with our friars in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Our five postulants (Mr. Fabian Adderley, Mr. Richard Rome, Mr. Steven Arias Mosquera, Mr. Mario Camarillo and Mr. Joseph Krondon) enjoyed the opportunity to visit with our newest and oldest friars during those weeks; visiting not only the ministries of active friars but also visiting with our infirmed and hospitalized friars.
Postulants from the four provinces serving North America have been living in our Order’s Postulancy that is located in Chicago, IL (St. Bonaventure Friary). It is important to note that friars from all of these provinces often work together in ministry, although 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. Each province also has friars working abroad, as well as governance over Delegations and Custodies around the world.

Currently the postulants from these four provinces are sharing a milestone in their formation. They are being measured for their habits. The new habits will be conferred to them during the Investiture (as shown in the insert at the 2011 Investiture of Friar Emanuel Vasconcelos, OFM Conv. and Friar Maximilian Avila Pecheco, OFM Conv. who hope to together celebrate their Diaconate Ordinations this year) by their Minister Provincials of their respective provinces as they move from the life of a Postulant onto their time of continued formation as Novices, at the Order’s North American Novitiate, in Arroyo Grande, California.