10 Novices in habits

The newly invested novices

SJB Novices Philip McCarter and Brian Menezes were among 10 men who were invested with the Habit of the Order of Friars Minor on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Old Mission Santa Barbara in California.

Brian Menezes receives his habit.

“This year’s group of men have been exceptional,” says Novice Master Jeff Macnab. “They are working hard on themselves and taking the novitiate seriously. We are blessed to have them.” Please remember the novices in your prayers.

Congratulations to Philip, Brian and fellow novices Daniel Samsel of Assumption BVM Province, Daniel Cruz, Tyler Grudi, Kevin Hamzik, James Kernan, and Chukwuma Raphael Obadike of Holy Name Province; and Juan Luis Guerreo and Joan Perez Lombera of St. Barbara Province.

Photos and a video of the investiture are posted on the Franciscan Interprovincial Novitiate Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FranciscanNovitiateBurlington/

novices in masks in background with candle in foreground

A socially distanced ceremony