From April 3-6, 2018, Friar Jude Winkler, the Assistant General for the Conventual Franciscan Federation (CFF), presented a workshop on the Gospels and the Psalms to the novices of the CFF Federation novitiate in Arroyo Grande, California, USA.

Friar Joseph WOOD is the Novice Director and Friar Maurice RICHARD is his Assistant. Friar Alexander CYMERMANN is the Senior Friar in Residence.
There are currently seven novices from the USA: three from the Province of St. Bonaventure, three from the Province of Our Lady of the Angels and one from the Province of Our Lady of Consolation.
All three Franciscan Families of the First Order have their national novitiates in California and collaborate on joint programs for their respective novitiate programs.

Friar Jude WINKLER, Assistant General for the CFF