Brother Francis Reineke, FMI, professes first vows

by Father Joseph Christensen


Brother Francis is clothed in his Franciscan habit by Father Christensen.

“I, Brother Francis Reineke, profess Vows of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience for the duration of one year…” he made through Bishop Folda to God on Aug. 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Fargo.

This celebration of Brother Francis’ Vows marks a great advancement for our new Franciscan Religious Community, since he is the first member to do so, with hopes, as Bishop Folda mentioned at the conclusion of Mass, “that there would be many more young men to follow.”

This is truly a cause for celebration and blessing from God that we grow not only in number but more importantly in holiness. Brother Francis is a model Franciscan and a true gentleman; he is one who would attract other similar vocations in order to lead a prayerful, saintly life. We need this in our world today to be lights “to shine before men that they may see your good deeds and give praise to your heavenly Father” (Mt 5:16).

Our charism is evangelization, especially to the youth and through devotion to Mary Immaculate, and evangelization succeeds in proportion to the holiness of one’s life.