We celebrated my sister Mary's funeral this morning. Two priests concelebrated with me and two parish deacons assisted. It was a prayerful and moving experience and I come away impressed with the influence my sister had on so many, many people. Almost all of the family members played a role in the liturgy making it a family event of faith.
And my injured knee held out very well. I was able to hobble around on a cane.
I received a call this morning that my elder sister, Mary Kaufman, died this morning after almost six months of hospital and nursing care. Mary is 73 years old. She is the mother of three and the grandmother of five. Her husband, Otto, survives her. Mary was a true homemaker and had the necessary skills to make a house a home. I know that I relied on her often for a recipe suggestion or a hem that needed repair all the while she was caring for her family. Life without her will be a very new and strange experience since I have never know life without her.
As an aside, we Friars completed our Provincial Chapter yesterday. I feel that it went as smoothly as possible and I enjoyed my role as Executive Secretary. It was a wonderful conclusion to many years of service in that role.
Saturday, May 17, 2014 the Admissions Board of the Franciscan Province of St. John the Baptist approved Jonathon Douglas and Carlo Shivel for the 2014 Postulancy Class. These are the first to be approved this year. There will be another Admissions Board in June.
Carlo Shivel (19) was born and raised in London, KY. He graduated in 2013 from North Laurel High School and is presently attending classes at Morehead State University, Morehead, KY. Carlo works at Steak 'n Shake and is active in both his home parish and the Newman Center at Morehead.
Jonathon Douglas (18) is from Cleveland, OH and a member of St. Thomas More Parish in Brooklyn, OH. He is a 2013 graduate of Parma High School and works as a server for a Catering Service. Jonathon spend a number of months in our missions in Jamiaca.
We welcome both of these men into our Postulancy Program where they will begin their initial formation as Franciscan Friars. We wish them well and assure them of our prayers and support.