Assisi Pilgrimage and Solemn Profession
When we are young, many of us Inside this
dream about doing something sig‐ Issue:
nificant with our lives. One way or
another, we long to make a difference Assisi Pilgrimage 1
in the world. Many seek fame and and Solemn
fortune to achieve their goals. And Profession
then there are others who seek the
Candidates Con‐ 2
lowest place in society, a place of
service and sacrifice.
As men following in the footsteps of Three Friars 2
Jesus Christ in the spirit of St. Francis Profess Solemn
of Assisi, we freely choose to change Vows
the world by changing ourselves. By
Sacro Convento, Assisi, Italy. professing the vows of poverty, chas‐
tity and obedience we abandon our 2007 OFM Conv. 3
will to the Lord. Rather than acquiring things, we choose to let go of things.
The ultimate commitment to this way of
life is the profession of final vows, or Contact 4
“solemn vows.” This event takes place a Vocation Director
after a man has been in our community for
at least three years after he has completed
the novitiate (an intense year‐long period
of discernment). During the ceremony of
profession, a friar actually prostrates him‐
self on the ground with his arms out‐
stretched in the form of a cross. This is the
moment of total renunciation.
In preparation for this commitment every
American friars preparing for solemn vows this past
friar participates in a month long retreat.
summer in Assisi with some other American friars
and the recently-elected Minister General Marco Tasca This year it was spent in Italy. Although
(center). every Franciscan would love to experience
such a trip at least once in his life, to make
the journey in anticipation of final vows is that much more memorable.
Together with their directors, several friars representing different Provinces of North America and
Australia were led though the streets, the hermitages, the caves and the chapels where Francis
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actually lived, prayed, begged and preached. “The experience was overwhelming” one of the
young men said, as he retraced the path that so many centuries of brothers had taken before him. Visit
Joseph Wood, OFM Conv.
Candidates Continue 800 Year Franciscan Tradition
In the last year of his life, 1226, Francis of Assisi reflected on his own vocation
in his Testament. In this brief document, the poor man of Assisi wrote: “And
after the Lord gave me some brothers, no one showed me what I had to do,
but the Most High Himself revealed to me that I should live according to the
pattern of the Holy Gospel.” A few years earlier, in the year 1221, Saint Fran‐
cis wrote about those who wanted to be friars: “If anyone, wishing by divine
inspiration to accept this life, comes to our brothers, let him be received by
them with kindness.” The words “. . . no one showed me what I had to do, but
the Most High Himself. . .” and the reference to “divine inspiration “ reminds
us that the call and invitation to Franciscan life is prompted by the hand of
God and the inspiration of His Spirit. In this issue of Vocation Views, we intro‐
duce to you those men who wish by “divine inspiration” to try their lives in our Franciscan fra‐
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ternity. Within the fraternity, we call these men “candidates” or more accurately “postulants.”
The Latin word postulare means “to ask for or to pray for something.”
These postulants have asked for and pray for this time to live as members of our frater‐
nity in the first stage of formation. As postulants, they deepen their discernment of God’s will
for them and their commitment to follow that will as they live in community and learn more
about St. Francis and the life of his friars. The Most High Himself has given us these newest
brothers and as sons of Francis and Clare of Assisi, we have received them with kindness and
thanksgiving to God for the gift of each one of them in our Order. Welcome!
Michael Lorentsen, OFM Conv. Learn how an individual becomes a Franciscan
Friar at http://www.franciscans.org/process.cfm.
Three Friars Profess Solemn Vows
On August 3, Friar Mario Serrano professed his solemn
vows into the hands of Friar Peter Damian Massengill. The
ceremony took place in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Ca‐ make me
thedral, Las Cruces, NM. The cathedral is staffed by the
local diocese. The Conventual Franciscan Friars are based in an instru‐
nearby Mesilla Park where they have been running the
Holy Cross Retreat Center since 1979.
On August 15, Friars Eric de la Pena and Justin Ross pro‐ thy peace.
fessed their solemn vows in St. Peter Church, Point Pleasant
Beach, NJ. The Conventual Franciscan Friars have been ac‐
Friars Justin Biase, Eric de la Pena, Justin Ross, tive in Point Pleasant Beach since 1882. Their history was there
and Michael Kolodziej. palpable during the August 15
ceremony when Friar Eric pro‐ is hatred,
fessed into the hands of Friar Justin Biase, while Friar Justin Ross professed
into the hands of Friar Michael Kolodziej. let me sow
In a profession of solemn vows, a friar in simple vows proclaims a complete love.”
commitment to the Order of Friars Minor Conventual. The ceremony is a true
celebration with other friars, parents, and friends present to partake in the joy. St. Francis of Assisi
Friar Mario Serrano.
2007 OFM Conv. Candidates To learn more about the 2007 OFM Conv. Candidates, please
Troy Dunn hails from Massillon, Matthew Baudek is from Hartland, WI
OH. He joined the Church at age 19 and a parishioner in the church of St. Jos‐
and is now active at St. Joseph Parish aphat. He has dabbled in painting and
in many capacities. He has been loves to travel. Matthew has visited Rome
working as an educator in the Ohio several times. Time in the Eternal City
prison system for the last 7 years. likely sparked his vocation.
Joe Kruse grew up in Indianapolis, IN Jerome Curi of Kenosha, WI attended
and served in the US Air Force after different events at the shrine of
high school. A position in sales and “Marytown” when it was located in his
management followed. After a decline hometown. He has attended many
in faith, he returned to the Church classes at the University of Wisconsin
and became active in evangelization. and now assists at a Catholic bookstore.
Bryan Hajvosky is from Cuero, TX and Patrick Hunter is a native of Madison, IN.
a graduate of Texas A&M University. He studied drafting after high school but
Bryan was active in campus ministry was always attracted to religious life. He
and while in college began to feel a call spent some time as a Franciscan Brother
to religious life. He came to know the for Peace and worked with the mentally
friars through vocation events. and physically challenged.
Vincent Windau grew in Carey, OH. Jacob Powell grew up in Lubbock, TX.
He became an altar server at the Na‐ By fifth grade he began to think about a
tional Shrine and Basilica of Our Lady religious vocation. He encountered the
of Consolation. During his senior year Franciscans on the internet and immedi‐
in high school he began to consider a ately took to their devotion to tradition
religious vocation. and community life.
David McCanless comes to the Fran‐ George Alves is of Portuguese and Italian
ciscan Order from Salisbury, NC. He heritage and speaks both languages. He
holds a BA in religion from Wake For‐ has had a varied life, working in the
est University where he was very in‐ Navy, then later as a postman, and finally
volved in the Catholic Campus Minis‐ in the real estate business. George is also
try as a peer minister. very active in his parish, serving as lector.
Nick Rokitka has known the friars Steven Martano grew up in Connecticut.
since his high school days in Athol He met the Conventual Franciscan Friars
Springs, NY and has always stayed in as a student at The Catholic University of
touch with them. Nick attended Hilbert America. While discovering his vocation
College where he earned a degree in last year, Steve participated in the Pas‐
Economic Crime Investigation. sionist Volunteers International program
in Stony Hill, Jamaica.
Hilary McGee, of Southampton, NY,
has lived a life serving others as a reli‐
gious education teacher. Hilary also
worked with the poor and homeless in
St. Paul, MN and as a “Begging Brother”
preaching at parishes.
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St Anthonyʹs Friary
San Antonio, TX ,78201 1300 Leslie Street
Tel: 210.734.4962 Franciscan International Study Centre
Toronto, Ontario M3C 2K9
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Baltimore, MD, 21213 Chicago, IL, 60660 Our Lady of Visitation Friary, Fairview Strand
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