On Tuesday April 25, 2023, Friar Antonio GRASSI, a member of the Province of St. Nicholas and St. Angelo in Italy (Puglia), professed his solemn vows.

The ceremony took place at the Church of Sant’Antonio Abate in Fasano, Italy. The Vicar Provincial, Friar Matteo ORNELLI, who is also Friar Antonio’s Guardian, presided over the Mass and gave the homily. The Minister Provincial, Friar Daniele MAIORANO, presided over the Rite of Profession. Friars Alfredo AVALLONE and Donato GRILLI served as witnesses. The liturgy was enlivened with beautiful hymns sung by the parish choir. Others attending the celebration included many friars from the various friaries of the Province as well as others from outside the Jurisdiction. Numerous faithful attended, many of whom came from the San Giuseppe da Copertino Friary in Copertino, Italy, the friary to which Friar Antonio belongs.
Before the final blessing, Friar Antonio addressed a few heartfelt words of thanks to everyone present. The celebration was followed by a simple, convivial reception next door, in the cloister of the former friary of the Friars Minor.

Friar Massimo A. RUGGIERO, Provincial Secretary