News from the Novitiate

May 16-21, 2021: Our Lady of the Angels Province friar, Fr. Timothy Kulbicki, OFM Conv. spent time at our Inter-Province Novitiate (Arroyo Grande, CA) presenting classes on the North American History of our Order and on our Order’s Revised Constitutions, to this year’s Novices.

Friar Tim is the author of “Conventual Franciscans in the USA: The First Half-Century,” and as our Order’s Chairman of the Executive Committee for the Revision of the Constitutions and Secretary of the 202nd Ordinary General Chapter, Friar Tim has been visiting Franciscan Friars Conventual around the world, for the implementation of the Revised Constitutions. In addition to his other assigned ministries and positions, including pastor and campus minister of Newman Student Center Parish – UNC Chapel Hill, Friar Tim has been traveling the world helping friars to “receive” the new Constitutions, through academic conferences and friary presentations.

This year’s Class of Novices will complete their “year and a day” at the Novitiate this July 2021. They are grateful to Friar Tim, for his great ministry to our Order and for spending some quality time with them, at the Novitiate. Keep them in prayer as they Profess their Simple (Temporary/First) Vows this summer. Pictured above from left to right with Friar Tim at center: friar Wayne Mulei, OFM Conv. (St. Joseph of Cupertino Province), friar Bram De Backer, OFM Conv., friar Jonathan García Zenteno, OFM Conv., friar Michael Boes, OFM Conv., friar Edgar Varela, OFM Conv. (Our Lady of the Angels Province), and friar Anthony Ruffolo, OFM Conv. (St. Bonaventure Province).

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