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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Franciscans of Primitive Observance

One of the benefits of a vocatins conference is the ability to talk to so many people doing this work from around the country, especially people who are optimistic and excited about vocations work. Since this is our first year at the NCDVD we are spending a lot of time meeting people for the first time, while for others it is a time to get caught up. Actually it has been good for Fr. Shlesinger who has seen many of his classmates from the North American College in Rome. However, it seems that I actually know quite a few people here, and have had a chance to catch up with some people myself.

That was the case in the picture above. I had forgotten that the Franciscans of the Primitive Observence send their seminarians to Mount Saint Mary's, but was very happy to see them and find out that one friar in particular, Deacon Andrew, FPO was at the Mount. I met Br. Andrew several years ago at the March for Life and had some correspondence by mail with him. It was great to see him again, and to be able to congratulate him on his ordination to the Diaconate.

The FPO's if you've never heard of them, are a group that splintered off of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, and are - well, they are really old school. They are probably about as close to living St. Francis' original rule as you might find. Just take a look at Br. Andrew's habit. It was pretty hot yesterday, and that habit it made of heavy wool. It's thick and unhemmed, and looks a whole lot like what I would imagine their seraphic father's habit to look like.
More posts on the FPO's


LivinginSpiritandTruth said...

Hey, it’s Br. Andrew!! I read about Br. Andrew before and I’m pretty sure he is a distant cousin of mine... it’s so cool to see him mentioned on a blog!

I wrote him a letter and sent it to the Friary in M.D. awhile back but haven't hear from him... do you think I should’ve sent it to the Seminary instead?

Brad Watkins said...

I would assume he would have gotten it at the Friary, but you might want to send it to Mt. St. Mary's and I'm sure they will put it in his hands.

LivinginSpiritandTruth said...

Oh okay, thanks! :-)