Summer with Our Student Friars

Featuring friar Edgar Varela, OFM Conv.

For the Summer of 2022, friar Edgar Varela, OFM Conv. is participating in the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at Swedish Hospital in Chicago, IL, while staying with the friars at our InterProvince Postulancy ~ St. Bonaventure Friary. Friar Edgar is one of eleven students in the program, from different religious denominations, ages, and cultural backgrounds. Their main goal is to be present for the patients and their loved ones by offering a listening ear and prayer.

Friar Edgar asks that you all please pray for them
as they strive to bring God’s presence
in these different encounters with His children.
Peace and all good. 

Friar Edgar is one of eight currently simply professed student friars of our province.  If you would like more information on life as a Franciscan Friar Conventual of Our Lady of the Angels Province, email our Province Vocation Directors, Br. Nick Romeo, OFM Conv. & Fr. Manny Vasconcelos, OFM Conv., at More information can also be found at

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