In the elegant dining environment of the friary garage, (note the delicate flower arrangement and the table candles) the friars not only celebrated Memorial Day, but also the "Graduation" of our Postulant Class of 2007. While everyone chipped into the preparation, cooking, and cleanup, Fr. Kenan, O.F.M. was the chief chef for this community feast (seen slaving over the grill on the right).
Attired in "cap and gown," the graduates made a solemn entry. Then each was awarded a "diploma" which stated clearly in bold print that it is a "useless piece of paper". Seen below are each of the graduates receiving their diploma and then a class picture (suitable for framing, I'm sure).
While we had a good deal of fun, we seriously want to wish our Postulants well as they leave us on Sunday, June 1, for a few weeks vacation before entering the Novitiate on June 24. In the meantime, Richard Goodin, O.F.M. will be leaving the novitiate after he professes Temporary Vows on June 14. He will move on to a summer of studies at St. Bonaventure University and then on to Chicago where his formation will continue in the Interprovincial House of Formation. Andrew Stettler, O.F.M., presently finishing his time in Temporary Profession will profess Solemn Vows in late August.