On the weekend of March 3-5, 2017, Our Lady of the Angels Province hosted a Come and See weekend; the opportunity for men in discernment to spend some time living with and better understanding the life, charism and ministry of our friars. Our March 2017 participants were from Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, and Mexico City. The group gelled well and were very open and receptive to the talks given by Friar Emanuel Vasconcelos, OFM Conv. (in his last year of formation) Br. Jim Moore, OFM Conv. (Definitor and Guardian of St. Bonaventure Friary – Post Novitiate, Silver Spring, MD) and Fr. Emmanuel Acquaye, OFM Conv. (a friar from Ghana’s Provincial Custody of St. Anthony of Padua, of the Italian Province of St. Anthony of Padua, who is currently in studies at Loyola University Maryland, while living with our province friars and helping serve at our ministry of the Shrine of St. Anthony, in Ellicott City, MD). Our friars in formation shared their vocation stories, their home (St. Bonaventure Friary – Post Novitiate, Silver Spring, MD) and a delicious meal with the participants.
Peace and all Good from the Franciscan brotherhood! The Conventual Franciscans are one of the three branches of the First Order of St. Francis. The word Conventual is derived from the Latin convenire, "to come together"; hence we live together in "convents" or friaries. Our Order is spread throughout the world, and includes about 4500 priests and brothers who are all commonly called Friars. Our Franciscan brotherhood includes four provinces in North America, and a jurisdiction in the UK and Ireland. We wear a black or gray habit with a simple three-knotted cord representing our Vows of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience. The Spiritual Center of the Order is in Assisi, Italy, where our Friars care for the Basilica of St. Francis, which includes his tomb. In addition, the Conventuals are the Vatican confessors at St. Peter's Basilica. In Christ's name, we continue the ministry of healing so fundamental to the understanding of Saint Francis.
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