Nine young men from eight
different states entered new stages of Capuchin-Franciscan initial formation
with the Capuchin Province of Mid-America during the past three weeks.
Most recently, Hank Fagnant of Denver; Jordan Schmeidler of Victoria KS; Julian
Torres of Grand Island NE; and Montie Chavez of Los Lunas NM began initial
formation by being accepted into the Order's postulancy program at Solanus
Casey Friary at 5 University Drive in Colorado Springs. This was signified by
their receiving Franciscan "tau" crosses from Fr. Christopher
Popravak at Our Lady of Angels Church in Colorado Springs on Aug. 4.
Two other young men who completed their postulancy at San Antonio Friary in
Denver, entered the novitiate at San Lorenzo Friary in Santa Ynez CA on
July 21. Fr. Popravak invested Br. Jordan Rojas from Hutto TX and Br. Logan
Christopher from Elgin OK with the novice habit at the interprovincial
novitiate in Santa Ynez.
Br. Jason Moore, a native of Denver, and Br. Marshall Schmidt, native of Laramie
WY, finished their novitiate in California and professed temporary vows of
poverty, chastity and obedience for three years. On behalf of the Church, Fr.
Popravak received their vows at St. Patrick's Oratory in Denver on July 17.
They will now continue formation with the Capuchins at St. Anthony of Padua
Friary at Newton St. and Walsh Pl. in Denver.
Br. Joseph Patrick Quinlan Made Final Profession - Serves as New Vocation Director for the East
The following day at the same oratory, Fr. Popravak received the solemn or
permanent vows of Br. Joseph Patrick Quinlan from Pennsauken NJ, who has been
in initial formation with the Capuchins for eight of the past ten years. With
solemn profession, Brother has now finished formation and has received his
first assignment as vocation director for the Mid-American Province. He will be
stationed at St. Conrad's Friary in Lawrence KS.