The summer program here at the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure is chugging right along. My Postulant brothers and I are enjoying our courses in Franciscan history and the early sources, as well as our interactions with members of various Franciscan communities, such as the Poor Clares, Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, and other members of the First Order (OFM Capuchins and Conventuals). In between the classes, we have had ample opportunities for fraternal growth and development, which I hope will strengthen our bond as brothers as we get ready to enter the Novitiate in just over a month.
One of the highlights these past few weeks was viewing the Fourth of July fireworks in Olean, NY. Though not as grand as the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks in New York City, the show was still pretty good and allowed for some nice photos. As an immigrant and an American citizen, I feel very blessed and grateful to have had the opportunity to live here in the United States with my family, to have been given the chance to pursue an American education, and now to be given the grace to answer my vocation in an American province.
Below are some photos, which were taken from the St. Bonaventure golf course across the street from the campus. These were shot using my Canon 5D Mark III and a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS II. I’m amazed at how picturesque the fireworks look against the dark background; many of them look like flowers. I hope you enjoy these photos from the celebration of our Nation’s birth.