Friar Jim Kent is the Franciscan Conventual Minister Provincial of Our Lady of Consolation Province, a jurisdiction that encompasses the Mid- and Southwestern United States. Its provincial house is located on Mount St. Francis in Indiana.
Last week, however, Friar Jim found himself in San Luis Obispo County, California. His Order’s novitiate is located in Arroyo Grande. In nearby Pismo Beach, the Franciscans serve at St. Paul the Apostle Parish where seven friars from across the United States and beyond (their names are Jacob, Jaime, Brian, Marco, Roberson, Timothy and Franck) who had just finished their time in the novitiate professed their First Vows. The ceremony took place on July 21, 2016.
In a Profession of First Vows, a friar commits himself to Franciscan life for up to three years. He professes the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience into the hands of his Minister Provincial. Friar Jacob and Jaime, hailing from Our Lady of Consolation Province, therefore professed their vows into Friar James’ hands.
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