Friar Giles Gilbert – a Conventual Franciscan from St. Bonaventure Province – professed his Solemn Vows on September 8, 2014 at Marytown in Libertyville, Illinois. Friar Michael Zielke, the Minister Provincial of St. Bonaventure Province, received Friar Giles’ vows, which ask of a friar to live in obedience, chastity and without anything of his own. In a profession of Solemn Vows, a friar dedicates himself to being a Conventual Franciscan for the rest of his life.
Friar Giles’ profession was a joyous celebration. His family, many other friars, friends and colleagues from jobs he worked at in the past attended the special event. Friars Augustine Kelly and Donald Thielsen were the official witnesses to Friar Giles’ profession. Afterwards many people spoke about how moving it had been for them to see Giles dedicate himself to the life to which he knows God has been calling him.
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