The Fraternity of St. Conrad in Annapolis welcomes its newly professed , Christopher Grubach, Joseph McHugh, and Tobias Harkleroad to the community. The Three Amigos, as they lovingly call themselves, have formed a permanent bond of friendship and brotherhood going into the Secular Franciscan Order on September 21, 2019 at the Capuchin College in Washington, D.C.
Thanks to all who attended the profession from our fraternity, including the Emerging Fraternity of John XXIII, family, friends, and colleagues. We packed the chapel and filled the Refectory. The members of the children’s choir at the Franciscan International School provided beautiful music. Many thanks, also, to Joe’s twin brother Fr. Frank McHugh, OFM for celebrating the Mass, as well as Fr. Dressler, OFM Cap and the Brothers of Capuchin College for their hospitality.
Indeed, we are one big family!
Shown in the center of the photo below is Brother Rigo Azanwi, a Capuchin Franciscan friar who serves our fraternity as Spiritual Assistant. He is seen processing from Mass in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, on September 7, where he was ordained to the transitional Diaconate along with five other seminarians of other religious orders.
Is Christ calling you to walk in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi?
If you are interested in learning more about Franciscan spirituality, or possibly find yourself discerning a call to the Secular Franciscan Order, please join us. Inquiry is open to all Catholic men and women not members of another religious order or secular order and 18 years or older. Candidates must be practicing Catholics faithful to the teachings of the Church and loCareyal to the Apostolic See. The Secular Franciscan Order belongs to the Franciscan Family and is “formed by the organic union of all the Catholic fraternities, whose members, moved by the Holy Spirit, commit themselves through profession to live the Gospel after the manner of St. Francis in their secular state following the Rule approved by the Church” (Const. 1,3).
Shown below are members from St. Conrad Fraternity and John XXIII Emerging
Fraternity who attended the Annual Regional Retreat at Priest Field Retreat
Center, Kearneysville, WVa, on Saturday June 1, 2019. Br. Michael Meza, OFM Cap, led the
retreat. The theme for the weekend retreat is “Deepening Our Vocation’.