Richard Goodin, O.F.M.--Newly Professed
Richard Goodin, O.F.M. (seen on the left reading the Scriptures) ended his novitiate year June 14th as he and two classmates professed temporary vows as Franciscans for the first time. On the right, Richard and his classmates Friar Jesus Ramirez Tapia, O.F.M. and Friar Christopher Leigh, O.F.M. await the beginning of their Profession ceremony.
As novices, the friars wore a cord with no knots in it. The knots are reminders of the three vows Franciscans, like most Religious, take; vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. After placing his hands into the hands of Provincial Minister Jeffrey Scheeler, O.F.M. (seen on upper right) and professing his commitment to the Franciscan way of life, the Novice directors removed Richard's old cord and clothed his with a new knotted one (seen on lower right).
On the left, Richard signs the documents testifying to the fact that he professed vows as Novice Director Fr. Edward Tlucek, O.F.M., looks on. On the right, Richard posed with Jesus and Christopher. Friar Jesus is a member of Sacred Heart Province headquartered in St. Louis, MO, and Friar Christopher is a member of Immaculate Conception Province of England.
Friars Richard and Jesus will move on to Chicago to resume studies and to continue their initial formation as Temporary Professed friars. Friar Christopher will return to England and continue his studies at the Franciscan International Studies Centre in Canterbury.