Upcoming Events in Franciscan Formation
I have to admit that when I look at what has been going on in the Vocation Office and the Postulancy Program there hasn't been a great deal to write about. Life goes on day by day without a whole lot of fanfare. I've offered a couple of Lenten thoughts to this blog over the past few weeks, but not much by way of "news." The biggest thing I've done the past few weeks--outside of daily working in my office--is drive to Michigan to visit with two college students; one an undergrad in Ypsilanti and the other a grad student in Ann Arbor. I enjoyed both visits and look forward to continuing discerning with both of these men.
But, by the end of this week I will have some news to offer. Tuesday through Friday I will be attending the Interprovincial Initial Formation Conference being held in Melbourne, KY. What, you may ask is that? It is a gathering of the Vocation Directors, Postulancy Directors, Novice Directors, Temporary Professed Directors, and the Secretaries of Formation of the three midwest Franciscan provinces: Sacred Heart Province based in St. Louis, MO; Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province based in Milwaukee, WI; and our own Saint John the Baptist Province based here in Cincinnati, OH. We will meet at St. Ann Conference Center in Melbourne, KY--the place where the movie The Rain Man was filmed. I don't know whether or not I'll have internet access there, so I may have to wait until I get home to offer any report.
Then, next Saturday, March 24, three men will go before the Admissions Board. As you may remember, that Board approved two men back in January. They will be Postulants this coming year. (http://vocationvibes.franciscan.org/2007/01/index.html) It turns out that those two will be the eldest and youngest of next year's class. The "middle" age group is up for approval this coming Saturday. I definitely will be posting a story about them right after the Board meeting.
So please remember the Formation gathering and the Admissions Board meeting in your prayers this week.