Just before the Formation meeting, which I attended last month at St. Malo Retreat Center in Estes Park, CO, the Franciscans preparing to make their Solemn Profession of Vows met there for a month-long retreat. If I remember correctly, there were eleven retreatants. One of those Friars was Andrew Stettler, O.F.M. of our province. (Far left in picture. The others are Fr. Mark from our province and a couple of retreatants from another province.) The setting was very conducive for prayer and reflection as you can see in the post below which I did in late July. Andrew returned to his new assignment in Chicago after the retreat and is now preparing for his vow ceremony this coming Saturday, August 30 here in Cincinnati.
Earlier this summer our province celebrated the First Profession of one of our men, Friar Richard Goodin, O.F.M., as he completed his year of novitiate. Shortly after his profession at Cedar Lake, IN, nine new men entered the novitiate, five of them from our Saint John the Baptist Province. Then on July 1 two men entered our Postulancy Program here in Cincinnati.
Friars Andrew and Richard, the novices Friars Dan, Roger, Tim, Joshua, and Clifford, and our postulants Kevin and Michael all want to share our Franciscan dream of living the life of the Gospel according to the Rule given us by Saint Francis of Assisi. These nine men give us hope because they are young and generous and willing to listen to God's call.
Please remember them in your prayers. I will be attending Friar Andrew's Profession on Saturday and I hope to have some pictures and to do a posting shortly thereafter.