On September 8 and 9, 2018, seven friars of the Province of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the B.V.M. in Romania professed vows: three solemn and four temporary.
On September 8, at the chapel of the Franciscan Theological Institute of Roman, Friar Emanuel Petrică BLAJ, Friar Mihai CHERECHEŞ and Friar Cristian-Petru PAL, professed solemn vows in the hands of the Minister Provincial, Friar Teofil PETRIŞOR, who celebrated the Holy Mass and the Rite of Profession.
Present at the celebration were members of the Provincial Definitory, rectors, formators and professors of the institute, parish priests and vice priests of the candidates, consecrated persons and a large number of faithful including the parents and relatives of the three newly professed.
On the following day, September 9th, at the church of Bogdăneşti (Bacău), the novices, Marian-Maximilian BUTĂCEL, Narcis-Gabriel CRĂCIUN, Cezar DĂMĂTĂR and Răzvan-Emanuel PETRUŢ, at the end of their novitiate year professed in the hands of the Minister Provincial temporary vows for one year. About 30 priests concelebrated Mass including the Master of Novices, Friar Petrică-Augustin PĂTRAŞCU, together with other priests of the Province and Diocese of Iaşi. They were joined by parents, family members and friends of the four candidates, as well as a number of faithful from Bogdăneşti and neighboring countries.
The newly professed friars, both solemn and temporary, will continue their philosophical-theological formation at the Franciscan Theological Institute of Romania.
Grateful to God for the gift of these friars, let us invoke his blessing on their journey of conformation to Christ in the footsteps of the Seraphic Father St. Francis!
Friar Virgil BLAJ, Provincial Secretary