More and better pictures of Friar Andrew's Solemn Profession
As the Solemn Profession Mass began, the friars led the procession into Church where Andrew's family and friends were gathered, including the Poor Clares (pictured on the right). An estimate I received is that about sixty friars participated in the event. There were more family and friends.
For all of Andrew's years in formation, Fr. Fred Link, O.F.M. was our Provincial Minister. Fr. Fred, pictured on the right, is presently on a year of sabbatical at St. Bonaventure University, but he joined us and preached at the Profession Mass. This past May, Fr. Jeffrey Scheeler, O.F.M. (pictured on the left accepting Andrew's vows) was elected Provincial Minister for a six year term.
Prior to pronouncing his vows, Andrew lay prostrate on the sanctuary floor while all of us chanted the Litany of the Saints asking all of heaven to pray with us for Andrew. Then, placing his hands in the hands of the Provincial Minister he vowed to live the Franciscan Rule for the rest of his life. The Friars and Poor Clares then welcomed and congratulated Andrew with a sign of peace.
The occasion of a Solemn Profession for any Religious Community is always a celebration of hope and gratitude. As new members commit their lives to our community, they give us hope for the future. Friar Andrew gives us such hope and we are grateful for his willingness to answer the call from the Lord to join us.
The pictures are courtesy of Fr. Frank Jasper, O.F.M.