In May, the Admissions Board of St. John the Baptist Province approved Jonathon Douglas and Carlo Shivel for the Postulancy Class of 2014. (see May 24, 2014 post on this blog.) This weekend three more young men were added to the class. They are:
Trevor Blum, 21, is from Lake Wylie, SC. He has served as as EMT and is presently serving as a maintenance man at his local parish.
These five young men will begin their year of Postulancy at St. Anthony Friary in Cincinnati, OH on August 20, 2014.
Yesterday, our Province celebrated the ordination of one of our younger members to the Priesthood. Fr. Richard grew up in Lebanon, KY where he returned to offer a Mass of Thanksgiving this morning. Richard is the only son of his parents and has two younger sisters. He completed his theology course work at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, IL. He was ordained by Bishop Charles Thompson, a family friend and the Bishop of Evansville, IN. Bishop Charles was the pastor of the parish in Lebanon, KY when Richard was growing up.
I am especially proud of Fr. Richard since he is the first one of my recruits as the Vocation Director to make it to Solemn Vows and Ordination. I have watched him develop from a college student through formation to Solemn Vows three years ago, the Deaconate a year ago, and now the Priesthood. I am very proud of Fr. Richard and excited to see him grow into a good Franciscan and Priest. His first assignment will be to our missions in Jamaica where he spent a year prior to being ordained a Deacon.
God bless you and your ministry, Richard.
I just got back from directing a week-long Capstone Course for our two men preparing to make Solemn Profession in August. We spent the week reviewing Franciscan sources in an attempt to help them reflect on our heritage in light of their years in formation. It seems to have gone very well.