Franciscan

Postulants recharged, renewed

BY FR. MARK SOEHNER, OFM

Dan Ward (SJB) and Andrew Koon (OLG) returned to Duns Scotus Friary in Berkley, Mich., the week of Aug. 15 to begin their next year of postulancy.

Dan spent the summer with his parents in Chicago, with many different camping trips. This time firmed up his desire to continue his Franciscan journey, and he looks forward to his time as a novice next year.

Andrew lived with the friars of OLG this summer, starting at Casa San Juan Diego, a week in Jemez Pueblo, time in Gallup with visits to Chinle, Lukachukai, St. Michael’s, and other Navajo points. Andrew learned much more about his province and also returned eager to begin again this passage towards the novitiate.

Both had some time to readjust to more formal formation. We started formally with a "postulant check-in", followed by a trip to Greenfield Village and a movie. That, after a work period with Br. Michael Radomski, was a welcome relief. This year both will be involved in continuing their college experience at Oakland Community College.

Postulancy is a great time of learning about oneself, the Franciscan Movement, our provinces. Please pray for them as they are in this liminal period of moving toward becoming Friars Minor.

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