20 Jul Province Welcomes Two New Novices
Two postulants, Nikolas Barth and William Cisneros, received their habits and entered the Inter-Provincial Program for Capuchin Franciscan Novices at the San Lorenzo Seminary in the Santa Ynez Valley. The investiture took place on Sunday, July 19, 2015.
Nikolas Barth was born and raised in Northridge, CA. ‘Niko’, as he is called, attended Catholic elementary and St. Francis High School in La Cañada- Flintridge. Niko says that after much time of prayer and reflection as a Capuchin postulant, “I discovered my vocation.”
William Cisneros hails from Santa Ana and attended Cal Poly, Pomona. What he read in the life of St. Francis resonated with him. “I had visited the Capuchin Franciscans and the Novitiate. After seeing the sense of community, prayer, being down to earth and enjoying life, it was an easy decision to apply.”
After graduating from high school, I asked God what I was meant to do with my life. While I was going to Mass everyday and frequently receiving the sacrament of reconciliation, I discerned that God was calling me to this way of life. I was accepted as a postulant in 2011 and then entered the Order in 2012 at the San Lorenzo novitiate in California. During temporary vows, I studied philosophy at St. Mary’s College of California in Moraga. After I graduated and professed perpetual vows, I studied theology online with the University of Notre Dame to be certified as a catechist. Currently, I am the guardian or local minister at Old Mission Santa Inés and the caregiver of Br. Joe Slominski, O.F.M. Cap.