New pictures of the Solemn Profession
Thanks to Phillips Robinette, O.F.M. we have some new pictures of the Solemn Profession of Al Mascia, O.F.M. and Chris Meyer, O.F.M. which took place August 12th. Before the friars pronounced their vows they were with their families on the left of the church while the friars gathered together on the left. Here we see both friars standing next to their mothers and family. Both of the new professeds' fathers are deceased. Fr. Fred, our Provincial Minister was the main celebrant at the Eucharist and received the friars' vows.
At the end of a profession ceremony, the newly professed and their witnesses sign what is affectionately called the "Book of Life;" the official record of every friar's life in the fraternity. Here we see Al on the left and Chris on the right signing the book as their mothers and witnesses look on. Before the ceremony began, many of us were leafing through the book looking for our records. Alas, some of us, myself included, were old enough that our record is in a previous volume. What can I say!
Finally, Brother Phil caught this shot of Richard Goodin, one of our Postulants, standing next to Fr. Murray Bodo, O.F.M. It hit me that this photo is a good image of what our fraternity is all about. Richard is the youngest member of our province and had been with us just over a month at the time that the picture was taken. Just a few weeks prior, Murray had celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of his First Profession of vows. As brothers they stood together celebrating the life commitment of two fellow brothers in the fraternity. Richard has just under two years before his First Profession.