For the entire month of July, eleven Franciscan friars from all three branches of the First Order (OFM Conventual, OFM Capuchin, and OFM) participated in a pilgrimage/retreat in Rome, the Rieti Valley, and Assisi, as part of their preparation for the final profession of the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. The participating friars represented the USA, Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, Ireland, and Singapore. Visits to many Franciscan holy places were combined with historical and spiritual input, the celebration of Mass, and large blocks of time for private prayer.
The pilgrimage was sponsored by Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs in Franklin, WI, and led by Sr. Anne Kenyon, OSF, and Fr. Rick Martignetti, OFM, Fr. John Petrikovic, OFM Cap., and our own Vicar Provincial – Fr. Brad Milunski, OFM Conv. The friars are now concluding the pilgrimage with five days of retreat before returning to their home countries.
Our Lady of the Angels Province not only had a friar as a member of the leadership staff in our Vicar Provincial – Fr. Brad who just returned to the USA this week, but we also have a participant friar in formation who is still in Italy for the final leg of his preparatory Solemn Vow Retreat. Friar Luis Palacios Rodriguez, OFM Conv. hopes to Profess Solemn Vows in 2018. You can peek into his years of Formation as a Franciscan Friar Conventual, though past posts on this website, such as his: Profession of Simple Vows, MedStar, Patients First Medallion Award, Minor Ministry of Acolyte Installation, and even a post from when his mom and sister came for a visit.
Check back soon for more photos from friar Luis, as well as some captured during this week’s visit to the pilgrims by our Minister Provincial, the Very Reverend Fr. James McCurry. Please keep friar Luis and all of those preparing to Profess Solemn Vows, in your continued prayers. Thank You!
Visit with our Minister Provincial, the Very Reverend Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv.: