Surrounded by his Capuchin brothers and Poor Clare sisters in Denver, Br. Jordan Rojas professed temporary vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. It was July 15, the feast of St. Bonaventure. The ceremony, which took place at St. Patrick Oratory, marks the completion of the novitiate year and the beginning of the post-novitiate period of Capuchin formation.
Br. Jordan, 41, spent his earlier years working in customer service and in technical assistance for Dell before experiencing a deeper call to give everything and follow in the footsteps of St. Francis. He entered the postulancy in 2012.
During his homily at the profession, Minister Provincial, Fr. Christopher Popravak, O.F.M.Cap., spoke about the vow of obedience. Obedience is not merely an unwilling compliance to a higher authority. Rather, it involves hearing, understanding, and a willing acknowledgement. It is perhaps the vow of obedience, said Fr. Christopher, which in our time is the most counter-cultural of all. In an age when radical individualism and personal ambition dominate, the witness of a young man willing to imitate Christ and empty himself of his own wishes and desires for the sake of a higher calling is powerful indeed.
Following the profession, friars, sisters, affiliates, and friends gathered in the garden at Our Lady of Light Monastery for a celebratory dinner.
UPDATE: View a slideshow video of Br. Jordan's temporary profession on VIMEO