Connected to our Province's Capuchin Hermitage in Pittsbugh, PA, is the work of the friars amoung the men and women of the Allegheny County Jail in the city, a connection which our brother Dennis Klemash, OFM Cap., calls one "of prayer and service."
At the jail, one of the duties that he and Mark Carter, OFM Cap., share is supervising interns for the permanent diaconate. One of them, Louis Bosco, shared some lovely thoughts about the friars and their work and talks about prayer as being a " powerful teacher" in an article he wrote entitled: God's Boundless Mercy. Along with their service of prayer, work and hospitality for us, our confreres, Mark and Dennis, are also changing lives - as the men and women are changing theirs!
On Saturday, August 20, five Capuchin brothers made their perpetual vows to live "in obedience, without anything of my own and in chastity." The festive Mass was celebrated at St. Augustine Church in Pittsburgh, PA.
The five friars making their 'solemn' profession were (front) Akolla Etuge, OFM Cap., Reynaldo Frías-Santana, OFM Cap., (back) Tage Danielson, OFM Cap., Carlos García-Cruz, OFM Cap., and Andrew McCarty, OFM Cap.
It was another great turnout for an Alverno Discernment Weekend in August. Our brothers Rafa Anguiano, OFM Cap., and Tom Betz, OFM Cap., were ably assisted by Brs. Alex Hostoffer, OFM Cap., Andrew Corriente, OFM Cap., and Brian Wofford, OFM Cap., who arrived in Salisbury, PA, and our Alverno Retreat house outside of town, to lead 16 young men discerning a call to the Religious Life as a Capuchin Friar.
Friday, August 5th was a clear, sunny day for the annual Capuchin Golf Outing at River Forest Country Club. More than 120 golfers were in attendance to help raise funds for the Fr. Bill Wiethorn Scholarship Fund, which supports our ever-increasing expenses for the education and formation of our Capuchin friar students.
This year’s event raised an all-time high of $30,000 for the scholarship fund, thanks to the tremendous participation of the golfers, sponsors and donors for this annual gathering.
Fr. DePaul Ripko, OFM Cap., died on July 29, 2016, in Pittsburgh, PA. He was 89.
He was born on September 10, 1926 in Nižná Myšľa in eastern Slovakia. At the time of his birth, the village was a part of what was then "Czechoslovakia." His parents, Joseph and Elizabeth (Potocky). gave him the name Anthony at his baptism; he would be their only child.
Anthony and his mother emigrated to the United States in 1937 and settled in Slovan, PA. They were members of Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Burgettstown, and Anthony attended the public elementary school in Slovan.
On Saturday, July 16, 2016, our brothers Rigobel Azanwi, OFM Cap., Stephen Wright, OFM Cap., and Theo Simatupang, OFM Cap., professed the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in the presence of our Provincial Minister, Tom Betz, OFM Cap., and the friars, friends and families who were present for the celebration.
The novices have left their 'nest'
of the novitiate in Santa Ynes, CA,
and all of the brothers are headed
to their respective Provinces
to profess their first vows
as Capuchin Franciscans.
You can download their final edition of the Caperone,
the monthly novitiate newsletter,
and find out where all of the newest friars are headed from here.