Profession and New Novices
I returned from Canterbury, England last Monday and have been trying to re-establish some sense of order in the Vocation Office. I'm making significant headway, but . . . . Anyway, while I was away two significant events took place in our provincial formation programs. The first was Friar Tom Olsen, O.F.M. made his first Profession of Temporary Vows at the Novitiate in Cedar Lake, IN on June 15. At that time, Tom received a cord with knots. Since the knots represent our vows, the novices wear a habit with a cord without knots. They receive a knotted cord when they make their profession of vows. Our Provincial Minister, Fr. Fred Link, O.F.M., was there to receive Tom's Profession. Pictured on the left are Fr. Fred receiving Tom's profession with Fr. Ed Tlucek, O.F.M. in the middle and Fr. Dennet Jung, O.F.M. on the right. Frs. Ed and Dennet are the Directors of Novices. Fr. Ed is a member of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province and Fr. Dennet is a member of our Saint John the Baptist Province. Cedar Lake is the site of our interprovincial novitiate which serves Assumption, St. John the Baptist, and Sacred Heart Provinces.
The second big events was that Dennis Geib and Richard Goodin returned from a brief vacation on June 23 to pack their belongings to head for their novitiate year which began on June 25. On the left, Richard packs the van while Dennis and Fr. Frank Geers, O.F.M. assist. Fr. Frank is our Associate Director of Postulants. On the right, Frs. Dennet (left) and Fr. Ed (second from right), the Directors of Novices, pose with Richard and Dennis, our new novices. On the left, Dennis poses in his new room and Richard (on the right) does likewise. (It appears that Richard got the corner room with two windows.)
Fr. Carl Langenderfer, O.F.M., our Director of Postulants, attended Tom's Profession and drove Richard and Dennis to Cedar Lake. He graciously offered to share with us all of the photos in this post. Tomorrow and Sunday our five new postulants will arrive here at St. Anthony in Cincinnati. These are busy days for the formation programs of our province.