Sunday, July 5th, 2009
Eleven candidates for the Province of St. Joseph will arrive today at Providence College to begin their postulancy, a three-week initiation into the essential features of Dominican religious life. At the end of the month, they will travel together to Cincinnati, where at St. Gertrude’s Priory they will spend one year in the novitiate preparing for simple vows. The novitiate year will officially begin on August 8, the Feast of St. Dominic, when the prior of the community will clothe the postulants in the habit, give them a copy of the Order’s constitutions, and bestow upon them a new religious name.
One of the new postulants, Charles Shonk, credits Fr. Jones and the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer for inspiring his Dominican vocation.
Please pray fervently for these eleven men, asking God to preserve and prosper them in religious life.
Fr. Steven Bird
For pictures and short biographies of our new postulants, please visit the province’s Vocations Blog.