Franciscans Al Mascia and Chris Meyer make Solemn Profession
Yesterday, Saturday, August 12th, was a beautiful day weather-wise and in every other way for our Province of Saint John the Baptist. About 75 friars, 9 Poor Clares, and over 130 friends and family of Bros. Al Mascia and Chris Meyer gathered at Saint Clement Church to celebrate two Solemn Professions. Our Provincial Minister, Fr. Fred Link, O.F.M., lead the celebration(seen entering with Bro. John Barker who served as Master of Ceremonies) and received their vows in a very festive Eucharist.
In the picture at the right, Fr. Fred and Bro. Andrew Stettler kneel between Al and Chris who lay prostrate on the floor of the sanctuary as the entire congregation prayed a Litany of the Saints asking all of the Franciscans Saints as well as those of the universal Church to intercede for them as they prepared to vow to live as Franciscans for life.
Chris (pictured on the left) and Al (pictured on the right) placed their hands within Fr. Fred's and vowed to live the Franciscan Rule given to us by Saint Francis of Assisi in obedience, in chastity, and without appropriating anything to themselves for the rest of their lives. Fr. Fred, in turn, promised that if they remained faithful to their promises they would enjoy Eternal Life.
After praying over the newly professed a prayer of blessing (see picture on the left), Fr. Fred welcomed them into full membership in the Province and the Order of Friars Minor with a sign of peace. Then each friar and Poor Clare individually welcomed them. At the right Fr. Dennet Jung greets Chris.
The Solemn Profession of Vows is always an exciting moment in the life of a province. It means that those making vows have completed their years of initial formation and have chosen, and been approved by the community, to enter into full communion with the intention of sharing their lives and talents with the fraternity for life. It is a time of grace not only for the province and the Order, but also for the Church as these newly professed men take on the life of witness to and service of others. We congratulate and thank Al and Chris for their commitment and dedication and look forward to sharing our Franciscan life with them.
Bro. Al Mascia, O.F.M.
Brother Chris will be returning to Chicago for further academic work and Brother Al will remain in Cincinnati working at Saint Francis Ministries.