Fr. Jeffrey Scheeler, O.F.M., our Provincial Minister, wrote in response to our having admitted three new men to our Postulancy Program:
Welcome, brothers! We are glad to have you join the journey! Thanks for your generosity in responding to the Lord's work in your life.
Bro. Michael Charron, O.F.M., one of our Temporary Professed Friars from Chicago, wrote also in response to the news of the admittance:
Congratulations and many blessings from now until August as you prepare for Postulancy. I'm looking forward to meeting you all as well as Brandon, Matthew and Jeffery. Peace and all good things!
At a meeting of the Admissions Board on Saturday, March 26, at St. Anthony Friary in Cincinnati three more men were approved for the 2011 Postulancy Class. Matthew Sharick, Shane Jensen and Joshua Froning join Jeffrey Schmitz, Matthew O'Hearn and Brandon Elliott who were approved in January.
Joshua Froning, 23, grew up in Piqua, OH. He is the eldest of three siblings having one brother and one sister. He graduated from Lehman Catholic High School in Sidney, OH in 2006 and then matriculated to the University of Cincinnati where he will graduate in 2011 with a Bachelor Degree in Biochemistry. Josh presently works part time for United Parcel Service. He is the son of James and Nancy Froning of Piqua, OH.
Shane Jensen, 25, is fro Georgetown, KY. He is the son of Dave and Theresa Jensen and is the eldest of four siblings having three sisters. He graduate in 2004 from Bryan Station High School. That same year he entered Asbury College in Wilmore, KY where he studied theology for two years. He is a convert to Catholicism joining the Church in 2006. His latest job is with Scentsy which is a wickless candle company.
Matthew Sharick, 28, was reared in Metamora, IL. He is the son of Stanley and Patricia Sharick and is the eldest of two children having one sister. He graduated from Metamora Township High School in 2000. He then spent three years at Illinois State University in Normal, IL studying psychology and political science. He now drives an eighteen wheeler for Morton Building Inc.
We will be having two more meetings of the Admissions Board, one in April and the last in May. The men approved then plus the six already approved will begin their Postulancy Program August 21, 2011. They will live at St. Anthony Friary in Cincinnati, OH for one year before moving on to the novitiate in Burlington, WI in August 2012.
We welcome the newly approved and offer our prayers for them and their classmates and for all of our men in formation. For pictures of those already in formation, go to http://www.franciscan.org/vocations/franciscan_formation2009.aspx
This morning, March 16, I woke up to a beautiful sunny day in Minneapolis, MN. I flew up here yesterday via St. Louis, MO where I had a long enough layover that I was able to call my niece and her husband to chat as I passed through their local airport. Today I will drive to St. Cloud, MN to administer a Behavioral Assessment for a young man applying to join us this summer. The assessment is part of the screening process we use and it is very helpful in letting us know the prospective better and gives him a chance to see what we are looking for in a candidate. Tomorrow I will fly to Houston to do the same for an other prospective on Friday as well as visit a new prospective whom I have yet to meet.
The Lord is blessing us with some very good men; men willing to serve God and the Church according to the vision of Saint Francis. The goodness of these men makes my "job" all the more rewarding.
Sandy, a member of the St. Anthony Messenger Press team, writes:
congrats Don! three more Franciscans would be a blessing to so many communities in this world!
With the grace of God, three more will be approved on March 26th.
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