Friars Andrew Hennessy and Tony Martinez Enter the Novitiate

Fr. John Stowe (left) and Fr. Jim Kent (right) prepare to present Tony Martinez with the Conventual Franciscan Habit.
Fr. John Stowe (left) and Fr. Jim Kent (right) prepare to present Tony Martinez with the Conventual Franciscan Habit.

As part of the initiation rite into the novitiate, Friars Andrew Hennessy and Tony Martinez were invested in the Conventual Franciscan Habit last week at St. Francis Novitiate in Mishawaka, Indiana.

They were joined by seven other new novices from the other provinces in the United States.DSC04498

Left to right: Friars Andrew Hennessy, John Stowe, Tony Martinez, Jim Kent
Left to right: Friars Andrew Hennessy, John Stowe, Tony Martinez, Jim Kent

Andrew and Tony have been formally accepted into the Conventual Franciscan Order. The year of novitiate is set aside for prayer and deeper discernment. The vows of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience are highlighted. At the end of the novitiate year the novices make a profession of simple vows lasting for three years.

Fr. David Lenz (seated) will be leading a retreat for the new novices.
Fr. David Lenz (seated) will be leading a retreat for the new novices.