Meet the new novices

Meet the new novices

A joyful band of brothers

Eleven men were received into the Order of Friars Minor as novices on Aug. 1, 2019 during the US-6 Chapter of Mats in Denver. In the video above, the men share their reactions to this important event in their lives. Their names are listed below in order of appearance:

Joshua Richter, from Hamilton, Ohio – St. John the Baptist Province
Michael Specht, from Buffalo, N.Y. – Holy Name Province
Edgar Alberto, from Durham, N.C. – Holy Name Province
Carlos Wagner, New York City – Holy Name Province
Fritz Newburger, of New Orleans – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province
Gino Grivetti, Peoria, Ill. – Sacred Heart Province
Zach Zeman, Elgin, Ill. – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province
Adolfo Mercado, Sacramento, Calif. – St. Barbara Province
Bruce Tran, of Los Angeles – St. Barbara Province
Jesús Osornio, Albuquerque, N.M. – Our Lady of Guadalupe Province
Neil Pavao, from Douglas, Ga. – Sacred Heart Province

Video courtesy of Fr. Casey Cole, OFM, of Holy Name Province and Fr. Greg Friedman, OFM, of St. John the Baptist Province.

Below is a video of the Novice Reception at the Chapter of Mats. Video courtesy of Br. Chris Meyer, OFM, of the St. John the Baptist Province.

Are you interested in becoming a friar? Visit the Vocations page, Become a friar, on our province website or contact Vocation Director Br. Tim Lamb, OFM, at or call 513-218-3547 (texting is fine.)

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