Special day for four novices in Killarney

Members of the Franciscan Order on the steps of the Friary in Killarney this Thursday.

TODAY was a very special occasion at the Franciscan Friary in Killarney as four novices, having successfully completed their novitiate year, made their first profession in the presence of their various provincials.

The Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady had a particular significance at the friary and it was a very special day for the four young men involved.

With Killarney Friary Guardian, Fr Liam McCarthy in attendance, Fr Theo van Adrichem, OFM, Provincial of the Friars in Holland, received the vows of Brother Benedetto Ressa, Fr Pierre Charland, OFM, Provincial of the Friars in Canada, received the vows of Brothers Adrian Macor and Theodore Splinter and Fr Aidan McGrath, OFM, Provincial of the Irish Franciscans received the vows of Brother Ian Cunningham.

Brother Joel Karlssonm, who has also successfully completed his novitiate year, will make his profession in Sweden on August 24.

The novitiate in Killarney is now in its second year of accepting candidates for the order with novices arriving from Great Britain, the Netherlands, Germany and Ireland. The newly professed will return to their homelands to continue their formation and studies.

Many friars from Ireland and overseas attended the celebration this Thursday and was a day of joy tinged with sadness as the friars and the people in Killarney say farewell to the newly


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