First Profession Pictures
Saint Francis says that the Rule and Life of the Friars Minor is to live the Holy Gospel in obedience, in chastity, and without appropriating anything to oneself. On June 15, seven young men professed this Rule of Life. On a table in front of the gathered friends and Friars stood the Gospel Book and the new cords with knots which the seven Friars received. The knots represent the vows. During their year of novitiate, the young Friars had worn a cord with no knots. The day of their profession they received a new cord with knots to signify that they, along with the rest of the Order of Friars Minor, are vowed to living the Rule and Life given us by Saint Francis.
Below are some pictures of our men professing their vows to Fr. Frank Jasper, O.F.M., our Provincial Vicar. (Usually the Provincial Minister receives vows, but all of the Provincial Ministers of the Order are gathered in Assisi for a General Chapter.)
Fr. Frank also fastened the new cords around their waists praying the "it may be a bond of your love of poverty and a sign of your religious consecration."
Within the next few days I hope to get a video of the ceremony posted on YouTube. You will be able to see that as well as individual videos of our men in formation at "franciscanvocations."