For the second time, Friar Bernhardin M. SEITHER, the Minister Provincial of the Province of St. Elizabeth in Germany, invited the friars of his Province to go on a five-day excursion.
Last year (July 9-13, 2017) the friars went to Poland. This year- 2018- the destination was Austria. Together with Switzerland, it constitutes the Provincial Custody of St. Leopold and St. Nicholas of Flüe. This presence was erected by the German Province in 2016.
To strengthen relations and to learn more about the situation in Austria, the friars went to Vienna. Friar Steffen BEHR, the organizer of the trip, planned some guided tours, including the “Hofburg,” the residence of past emperors, and the famous opera house in Vienna.
After three days in the Austrian capital, the friars moved on to Graz. On the way, they made a short stop in Neunkirchen, home to another Austrian friary. In Graz, the guardian, Friar Tomasz ZEGAN, showed the friars the great friary there. After a rich lunch, the twelve German friars toured the city. After a very joyful, fraternal evening, they returned to Germany. On the way, they made another stop, this time in Bogenberg, to a friary belonging to some Polish friars from the Delegation of the Province of St. Anthony and Bl. James of Strepar in Poland (Cracow).
Friar Andreas MURK Provincial Secretary