Jubilarians and First Profession


Capuchin Friars of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph commemorated their jubilee celebrations July 21 at St. Lawrence Seminary,  Mount Calvary, WI, the founding site of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph.   

Pictured are (L-R) Capuchin Friars Reynold Rynda, Vernon Wagner (both 70 years), Albert Sandor (60 years), Walter Balduck, Edward Foley (both 50 years), Biju Parakkalayil and Raymond Stadmeyer (both 25 years). 
Not pictured: Capuchin Friars Fabian Fehring (70 years) and Daniel Crosby (60 years).


Five Capuchin Friars professed first vows July 21 at St. Lawrence Seminary, the founding site of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph, Mount Calvary, WI.

Pictured are (L-R) Capuchin Friars Nathan Linton, Truyen Nguyen, Faris Najor, Joseph Babcock, Provincial Minister-Fr. Michael Sullivan and Michael Dorn.

The five Capuchin Friars will be joining twelve other friars at the Chicago formation house for continued ministry formation and formal undergraduate academic studies. This is in preparation for graduate studies at Catholic Theological Union. Typically, a friar will make final vows 3-5 years after first vows. 

Capuchin Provincial Minister Fr. Michael Sullivan states, “Our brothers who professed their first vows were surrounded by family and friends, as well as our elder friars who were celebrating 25, 50 and 60 years of vowed life. We rejoice at our youngest members who begin their journey surrounded by those of us who have journeyed a while. Both young and ‘not-so-young’ celebrating together the joy of gospel living. I offer my congratulations to my Brothers!”














One of our newly professed friars, Faris Najor, is a Chaldean rite. The Chaldean Bishop from Detroit provided the final blessing at the Jubilee/First Vows Mass.