St. Francis Village

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of joining our Postulants for a trip to New York and New Jersey to visit some of our friaries and ministries. One of the highlights of the trip was Saint Francis Village, a non-profit farming ministry that seeks to create sustainable agriculture-based solutions to address poverty and hunger in developing nations. … More St. Francis Village

The Novitiate

On Friday, August 15th, the holy Feast of the Assumption of our Blessed Mother, my postulant brothers and I were received as novices into the Order of Friars Minor. While the past year of postulancy has been a journey of discernment and of observing a life of following Christ in the example of our holy … More The Novitiate

Sisters in Fraternity

One of the greatest blessings for me this past year have been the relationships I have formed with my fellow Sisters in religious life, especially the Poor Clares and the Franciscan Sisters. Throughout my Postulancy, I have journeyed with some of these amazing women along our path of following Christ in the example of Saints … More Sisters in Fraternity

Saint Edith Stein

This past Thursday, my Postulant brothers and I visited the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. This was my first visit and I was greatly moved by the exhibition. It was all at once frightening, heartbreaking, depressing, and infuriating. Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Edith Stein, or St. Teresa Benedicta of the … More Saint Edith Stein

Seneca Nation Pow Wow

This past weekend, my Postulant brothers and I went to the Seneca Nation’s Pow Wow ( in Salamanca, NY. This was a wonderful celebration of Native American culture, including dance, music, food, and costumes. I always enjoy experiencing events that help to open our eyes to the cultures and rituals of other people. I was … More Seneca Nation Pow Wow


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 … More Fireworks