Conventual Franciscan Formation Gathering

Student friars and candidates of our three connected friaries of formation (Silver Spring, MD, San Antonio,TX and Mishawaka, IN), together with their directors, met at Mount St. Francis for a fraternal celebration of the end of their academic year from May 14 to 16. Students from the St. Anthony and Immaculate Conception Province (Ellicott City, MD) also participated.

Fr. Wayne Hellmann, OFM Conv., was invited to lead them through various texts from the writings of St. Francis, pursuing the question: how might one understand and apply today Francis’ statement in the Earlier Rule that the friars “be, act, and speak as Catholics.”

Photo by: Friar Nader Ata (St. Anthony Province)
Photo by: Friar Nader Ata (St. Anthony Province)

The lake side picnic area was the venue for two evenings of recreation. One afternoon offered a pilgrimage journey, to either Gethesemane Abbey or to St. Meinrad Archabbey. Friars from the Louisville area joined them for dinner on their last evening.