Reflections - Friars in Novitiate
Their Vocation Journey Continues...
George Alvarado, O.F.M., Cap.
The time I spent in postulancy was great. Living in fraternity has been such a great experience and it has helped me grow into the person I am today. I have learned so much about myself through these nine months of the postulancy program and now I can see that I am not the same as I was when I entered. With the help of my brothers and my formators I have conquered my fears and have done things I would have never thought possible.
My hopes as I begin the novitiate are that I keep on growing in understanding and that I learn more about myself through revelations of the Holy Spirit. As I said when I first began my postulancy, "This was a leap of faith for me"- now through this leap of faith I have been grasped by something I don't fully understand yet. But I know that I'm in a better place, feeling at home with my brothers and that God is somehow calling me to dig deeper into myself and into my relationship with God. That’s just what I plan to do here in novitiate.
Michael Lettko, O.F.M., Cap.
The time that I have spent in postulancy has been one of the most intense, reflective, and best experiences I have had in my life. I feel very graced to have been given this opportunity to focus on my interior life with Christ, and to learn more about how God has been and is working in my life through my relationships with my brothers as well as with all the people I have come in to contact with ministerially.
I look forward to the novitiate as a place to grow in my spirituality and to grow closer in my relationship to God and to the people of God.
Andrew Skonieczny, O.F.M., Cap.
Reflecting back on my postulancy, I remember how excited I was to begin my life with the Capuchin Franciscans. As a postulant I have learned so much about what it means to be a Capuchin friar. Most of what I learned was through my ministry and through the example and witness of the other friars.
I look forward to the novitiate with the same excitement that I had beginning the postulancy program. As a novice I hope to grow in my understanding of Capuchin life and of my own vocation. I hope to grow in my relationship God and to leave as someone who is deeply rooted in prayer and fraternity.