Speak, Lord, Your Servant is Listening

Taking the response of the young Samuel to God’s call for his motto, Friar Don Bassana, OFM Conv. professed Solemn Vows as a Conventual Franciscan on Saturday, September 3, 2016, at San Francesco di Paola Church in San Antonio, Texas.

With his family and many of the Friars from the Province of Our Lady of Consolation in attendance, an emotional Br. Don vowed to follow in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi by living in poverty, chastity, and obedience. Also present were Capuchin Franciscan Friars who serve in the San Antonio area, as well as many of Br. Don’s other friends from across his home state of Texas.

Br. Don with his extended family
Br. Don with his extended family
Br. Don and his mother show the beautiful (and delicious) cake.
Br. Don and his mother show the beautiful (and delicious) cake.

After the Mass, the celebration continued with an Italian-flavored reception, filled with talking, laughter, and plenty to eat.

Br. Don will continue his ministry at Marytown in Libertyville, Illinois, north of Chicago. The National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe (also a Conventual Franciscan), Marytown welcomes pilgrims and retreatants throughout the year. Br. Don will have the opportunity to share with them his love of Jesus Christ, his devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and his deep commitment to sharing Franciscan fraternity and spirituality.

Br. Don presented to the parish a Papal Blessing, thanking them for welcoming him as part of their family while he was in San Antonio as a student friar.
Br. Don presented to the parish a Papal Blessing, thanking them for welcoming him as part of their family while he was in San Antonio as a student friar. Fr. Victor Valdez, rector of San Fernando Cathedral shows the Papal Blessing.