Blog Posts for "Postulancy"

Discovering Postulancy 2017

As we are rapidly approaching the New Year, we are also rapidly approaching the annual Discovering Postulancy event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Taking place this year from January 1-5, 2017, this unique event gives candidates and inquirers the chance to experience Postulancy first-hand, to get a taste of what Capuchin formation is really like. Postulancy is the first formal stage of formation for Capuchin Franciscans, and for the Province of St. Joseph, this program takes place at St. Conrad Friary in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Friars-in-formation spend roughly nine months taking classes in-house, learning about a variety of topics, including the history of...

Memories…

This September marks the 20th anniversary of my entering the Capuchin Order as a postulant. I vividly remember my first day as a Capuchin postulant, waking up at Saint Michael Friary in Brooklyn, NY to the sound of roosters crowing and wondering what I could possibly have been thinking when I got on that plane! Not that I had any serious doubts already on day one, but the strangeness of the world around me- a 23 year old man from the Midwest- sure had me questioning. But that all quickly faded from my mind as I entered into this new life,...

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Over the past week, I have been somewhat removed from the ‘outside world’ with my fellow postulants in a little town called Pickerel, Wisconsin. We have been given this time to write our final self-evaluations. These self-evaluations at the end of our postulancy period are necessary in order for the formation team (and ourselves) to better discern if we are prepared for the next period of Capuchin integration known as “novitiate”. My self-evaluation was rather comprehensive and focused on the core areas of growth in my life (personal, spiritual, communal, etc). I don’t need...

Celibate Life, Celibate Death

Marc Chagall, Life, 1964, oil on canvas © Saint‑Paul‑de‑Vence, Fondation Maeght I have been living the ‘celibate life’ for 1½ years as of this posting. As the youngest member of the Capuchin Franciscans in our province, I am quite doubtful that I will be able to offer any sage wisdom in regards to this topic. Nonetheless, allow me to entertain you with a little bit of my experience! Living in a state of celibacy ('being alone') has taught me many lessons about myself as a relational being. When I am committed to being alone with...

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