New Interprovincial Postulancy Program

Friar Voices

Left to right: Raphael Ozoude III, Fr. Mark Soehner, and Matthew Ryan

Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM

Fall is a time for beginnings. I think one of the reasons that teachers love the first day of school is that it offers an opportunity, an opening, and a threshold for something new to happen. Here in Cincinnati after Labor Day, there’s a hint of coolness in the air and a sense of anticipation. What new event will happen?

On Aug. 31, two new SJB postulants began their year of postulancy with 14 others from the six sending provinces at Holy Name Friary in Silver Spring, Md. Matthew Ryan and Raphael Ozoude III were accepted for our Province at an evening Mass at which I was privileged to preside. Both Matthew and Raphael beamed as Fr. Carl Langenderfer blessed the Tau crosses.

They and their new classmates had prepared the music for the Mass. Raphael shared his talent for playing the bongos. Afterward, the dining room buzzed with the chatter of new classmates. It was great to feel the energy of new Franciscans.

New postulants Matt Ryan and Joshua Tagoylo write about the day and their fellow classmates here.