Investitures & Simple Professions 2011
On 16th May 2011, the Franciscan Conventual delegation of Great Britain & Ireland invested two friars
Paschal Worton and Maximilian Martin as novices. More about it you can find in the article: 'Two Former Anglican Friars Become Novices in the RC OFMConv.'
On 14th July 2011 the Franciscan Conventual delegation of Great Britain & Ireland invested two more novices, Friar Matthew Bond and Friar Benedict Abugu. Friar Matthew is from Somercotes, Derbyshire. Before entering the Franciscan Conventuals, Matthew was an Anglican Franciscan. He became Catholic and the Franciscan vocation persisted until he met the friars in 2009. Matthew enjoys icon painting and history. Benedict comes from Lagos, Nigeria. Benedict’s first contact with the friars was through the ‘Messenger of St. Anthony’ Magazine. Whilst studying in London, he met the friars. Benedict enjoys reading, watching soccer and singing.
The feast day of the great Franciscan Doctor of the Church, St. Bonaventure falls on 15th July. On this day in July 2011, Friar James McInerney, 46 and Friar Gerard Toman, 26 made their first profession of simple vows within the Order of Friars Minor Conventual. The presider at the Mass, Fr. Patrick Greenough, OFM Conv. spoke concerning the importance for consecrated religious being open and responsive to the grace of God. The Mass took place in the grand Chapel of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Perpetual Adoration which is situated close to the noviciate house. In total, five novices from four different Provinces made their simple profession as Franciscan Conventual Friars.
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