Personal Profiling for Postulants
This week the Postulants from the three mid-west provinces of the Franciscans are gathered at St. Anthony Friary in Cincinnati, OH for a workshop led by Fr., Stan Bir, O.F.M. of Saint John the Baptist Province. The Postulants pictured on the right are (left to right, back to front) Jose Rosario "Chayo" Arevalo of Sacred Heart Province, Clifford Hennings of St. John the Baptist, Daniel Helfrich of SJB, Galen Osby of Assumption Province, Roger Lopez of SJB, Martin Eduardo Andrade of SH, Joshua van Cleef of SJB, Michael St. Jacques of SH, and Tim Tran of SJB. (Click the picture to enlarge it.)
Fr. Stan has been profiling friars for many years and serves as Personnel Advisor for St. John the Baptist Province. Brother Tim Lamb, O.F.M. (pictured on the right with Postulant Tim Tran on the left) will be conducting the profiling sessions in the future as Stan prepares to retire. The workshop began Monday morning and will finish around noon on Friday. The Postulants are learning about their own inner personality structures as well as those of their classmates and directors. The nine pictured above will be novices together in Cedar Lake, IN next year.
Fr. Dennis Schaefer, O.F.M. Director of Postulants for the Sacred Heart Province is pictured on the left with Joshua, Chayo, and Clifford on his right and Martin and Roger on his left. Postulant Directors for St. John the Baptist Province (Fr. Carl Langenderfer, O.F.M. in green shirt and Fr. Frank Geers, O.F.M. on his left) are pictured on the right with Roger and Michael on their right and Dan and Galen on their left.
In candid shots showing serious concentration during Father Stan's presentation are Dan Helfrich of Saint John the Baptist Province and Galen Osby of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province on the right and far right respectively. Joshua van Cleef of Saint John the Baptist Province and Chayo Arevalo of Sacred Heart Province are shown on the left.
It is good having the "gang" in our house this week. It gives us great confidence and hope for the future of our respective provinces and for the Order of Friars Minor.