The founding members of the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit are, from left to right, Br. Athanasius (formerly Richard) Fornwalt; Fr. Antony (formerly Michael) Tinker; Fr. Benedict Mary (formerly Augustine) Lieb; Fr. Joseph Francis (formerly Bradley) LePage; Fr. Alcuin (formerly Ronald) Hurl; Br. Peter Teresa (formerly Sean) McConnell; and Fr. Ignatius (formerly Zygmunt) Mazanowski. (Photo courtesy of Catholic Media Ministry)

Seven men — five priests and two brothers — stood before the altar. In the culmination of a spiritual journey that took them a little more than a year, one by one they received their new habits and religious names from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted. Now, as brothers, they are the founding members of the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit.

The Friars were established in the July 2 ceremony at St. Francis Mission in Ak-Chin as a “public association of the faithful” — that is they are a religious community under the auspices of the Diocese of Phoenix, with Bishop Olmsted as their superior. The seven had previously been members of the Third Order Regular Franciscans when they arrived in Phoenix a little more than a year ago to begin discerning where they felt God may be calling them.