The Novice Class of 2022 - 2023
On the 13th day of July, 2022, seven novices from the different Conventual Franciscan Provinces of North America
was welcomed at the Saint Francis of Assisi Friary & Novitiate in Arroyo Grande, California,
by their Novice Directors, Friar Joseph Wood, OFM Conv. and Friar Marek Stybor, OFM Conv.
Investiture Ceremony

On the 10th of July, postulants Colden, André, and Robert were invested to the Conventual Franciscan habit by Very Rev. Fr. Martin Day, OFM Conv, Minister Provincial of the Our Lady of Consolation Province, together with some friars.

On the 12th of July, postulants Marvin & Connor were invested to the Conventual Franciscan habit by Very Rev. Fr. Michael Heine, OFM Conv, Minister Provincial of the Our Lady of the Angels Province, during the Province's Chapter in Baltimore, MD.


On the eve of the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul (June 28), two postulants from the Saint Bonaventure Province were invested in the Conventual Franciscan habit by the Very Rev. Fr. Paul Joseph Langevin, OFM Conv., Minister Provincial. The two new novices are pictured with the friars of the said Province at the end of the Provincial Chapter. 

Initial Retreat with Friar Marek
"The Soul's Journey into God"
On July 17 - 24, 2022, the novices,
led by their Assistant Novice Master Friar Marek Stybor, OFM Conv.,
did their initial Novitiate retreat. 
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On Aug. 15-17, Bro. Miguel Ramirez, OFM Cap. gave the novice friars a class on Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. 

Click here to learn more about MBTI.

Inter-Novitiate Class with Friar Jude Winkler, OFM, Conv.
On Sept. 20, the second Inter-novitiate Class was held at the Conventual Novitiate House of Studies in Arroyo Grande. They are joined by the Capuchin Novices on studying the Gospel of Saint Matthew, given by Friar Jude Winkler, OFM Conv, a biblical scholar.