From the lates edition of the Caperone,
the newsletter of
the North American Capuchin Novitiate
This month we’ve seen a lot of change at the novitiate, in both extraordinary, and in subtle, hardly noticeable ways. We’ve seen the incredible changes that come with Spring and the warmer weather; a plethora of flowers grew scattered across the surrounding hills, more cattle outside the San Lorenzo fence, and sweatier brows during afternoon work projects are some of the more obvious changes.
Below the surface however, there’s been something else going on, a phenomenon that the formators notice with each class around this time of year: the bonds of fraternity are being made firm.
For St. John's Hospice in Philadelphia, PA, the arrival of a new truck was a reason to rejoice, and our brothers Mike Meza, OFM Cap., Operations Manager for the Hospice (pictured) and John Daya, OFM Cap., were there. A story from Catholic Philly recounts the event . . .
Huge crowds gathered in Rome for the veneration of the bodies of our Capuchin saints Leopold Mandic and Pio of Pietrlcina. The bodies of the Italian brothers were brought to Rome earlier in the week from their respective places of repose in Padua and San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, and were venerated in ceremonies marking their arrival in St. Peter Square on Friday night, February 5. After their repositioning inside the Basilica, authorities had hoped to secure the doors at 11pm, but because of the queues, it was 3am before they were able to accomplish it.
The Holy Father has set aside these days to commission a worldwide group of "Missionaries of Mercy." Our brothers Leopold Mandic and Pio of Pietrlcina give witness to the call for Reonciliation through God's Mercy which was a hallmark of both friars' lives. St. Leopold worked in the northern Italian province of Veneto and St. Pio from the southern province of Foggia.
On Friday, January 22, right before the big snow arrived in Washington DC, friars and friends joined the thousands gathered for the Annual March for Life. Per usual, the day began with a Mass in the crypt church of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
The day began, as usual, with a Mass offered in the crypt church of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, down the road from our Capuchin friary. The celebrant was Vocation Director Tom Betz, OFM Cap., and the homily was offered by fellow friar John Pavlik, OFM Cap., who works in DC as the Executive Secretary for the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM).
On January 2, 2016, our brother, Al Carver, OFM Cap., was ordained to the transitional diaconate at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception by Auxiliary Bishop Barry Knestout of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC.
This time, it was a strictly Capuchin affair with our current deacon friars Brian Stacy, OFM Cap., Juan Antonio Ortíz, OFM Cap., and Rafael Anguiano-Rodriguez, OFM Cap. (all below-right, with Br. Al) having the opportunity to serve during the liturgy.
Our brother Thomas Choi, OFM Cap., has begun 2016 with a fresh start and a new adventure. He arrived in Papua New Guinea in December, 2015, to take up his new assignment among the friars and people there. In the following article, Thomas shares his thoughts with us as he embarks on this new dimension of service in his life.
I left my home in Korea back in 2006 on a mission to embrace my sense that God was calling me to be a Capuchin friar in the Province of St. Augustine Province—in this faraway place called the United States of America.
In a real sense, I felt like a missionary from the first day I stepped foot on American soil and began living in the predominantly Spanish-speaking Sacred Heart Friary of Washington DC: it was a new language (indeed, two languages: English and Spanish), new food, new customs, new people — a totally new and somewhat foreign life.