the road ahead for me

Van Gogh. A Road at Saint-Remy. 1889. Kasama Nichido Museum of Art, Ibaraki, Japan.

I have been meaning to write something down that would explain where I am going in the next few months.

It was fun for me to put this timeline together, and I hope that it can help in coordinating visits with friends before I leave Wisconsin! In other words, this post is for my family, friends, and other casual internet stalkers.

So, without further ado, here is what I see in front of me!*

* “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” ~ Woody Allen

  • The Present Moment
  • Until May 13
    Milwaukee, WI
    POSTULANCYpostulancy

    A year set aside to look more closely at becoming a friar. This has involved living in a friary, learning from the friars, and participating in ministry (in my case, involving immigrants & the homeless).

  • May 13-May 16
    Port Washington, WI
    HOMEhome

    I will spend a few days at my childhood home: seeing my Grandma, reuniting with good friends, and tying up loose ends at the bank.

  • May 22-May 29
    Toronto, ON
    NOUWEN PILGRIMAGEpilgrimage

    I have long anticipated taking a trip to experience the L’Arche community where Henri Nouwen found his vocation. Along the way, I hope to see some friends that I have met this year as well as visit the “Nouwen Archives”. This will be an extremely meaningful way to begin an exciting chapter of my life.

  • May 16-May 22
    Miami, FL
    FAMILYfamily

    A week at my family’s place!

  • May 29-July 22
    St. Louis, MO
    INTER-PROVINCIAL POSTULANCYinter_provincial

    A couple months of the postulancy experience (see above) with the addition of postulants from several other English-speaking provinces of the Capuchin order.

  • July 22 2016-July 22 2017
    Santa Barbara, CA
    NOVITIATEnovitiate

    All of the inter-provincial postulants will drive out West to begin a year of our lives not quite like any other. The novitiate year is spent entirely in California (though visitors are welcome!) and is quite like a year in a monastery. There is a strong focus on silence, prayer, reflection, and discernment. This is when I will be receiving the habit (brown monk robe)! Novitiate only allows 1.5 hours of computer time per week. Yikes! 🙂

  • July 22 2017-…?
    Chicago, IL (and beyond?)
    POST-NOVITIATEpost_novitiate

    When I return from California, I will profess my first (one-year) vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. I will resume undergraduate studies as well as begin to take on more serious ministry obligations. This process will continue until I stop renewing one-year ‘simple’ vows and take life-long ‘solemn’ vows.

So there you have it, friends!

Questions? Thoughts? Well-wishes? Leave a comment below or shoot me an email (joe@friarbabs.com)!

 

Brother Joe Babcock, ofm cap

A native of Port Washington, WI, I am a friar-in-formation for the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph (Midwest USA). Click here to read more...