March 27 to 29 Derek Rankins (l) and Caleb Reed (r) joined the Franciscan community at St. Anthony Friary in Cincinnati for a Come and See weekend. Bro. Michael Charron, O.F.M. helped with the weekend and Fr. Luis Aponte-Merced, O.F.M. joined in to learn the ropes as one of the new Vocation Directors for St. John the Baptist Province. He and Fr. Larry Zurek, O.F.M. will take over the ministry in June 2015. Fr. Don Miller, O.F.M. will complete his 12th year as Vocation Director and leave for a sabbatical year at that time. So this was his last Come and See.
Derek (23) is from New Orleans, LA and is in his second last semester at Tulane University studying sociology and African Studies. Caleb (19) is from Loveland Ohio and recently graduated from High School and is looking into colleges for next year.
We are happy to have had them join us for the weekend. Please pray for them and all of our young men in formation.
Benjamin Neil Baumann, my new great-nephew, arrived yesterday weighing in at 7lbs and 20 in. He is the son of my niece, Catherine, and he husband, Matt, who live in St. Louis. Their daughter Maggie, age 3, is adjusting.