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Bro. Daniel Geary traveled to Pismo Beach, California, for the Simple Profession of Vows. On the left is Friar Brian Mary Tougher, Friar Marco Antonio Didden (center), and Brother Daniel. Marco Antonio's sister Leonie came from the Netherlands for the occasion, and the whole class posed for pictures, as well as the newly professed of just the Blessed Agnellus of Pisa and Our Lady of the Angels Jurisdictions.
The Provinces and Custodies of our Conventual Franciscan Friars in North America, Australia, Great Britain and Ireland have conducted a collaborative novitiate now for over 15 years. In that graced time, nothing quite as extraordinary has happened as the events of last month. On the 15th of June, at the behest of the Minister General of our Order, the St. Francis Novitiate of Mishawaka, Indiana, uprooted itself and moved 2000 miles westward to Arroyo Grande at the Pacific shores of Central California.