June was a month to remember and cherish for the Capuchin Province of St. Augustine.
In the tradtion established for our brotherhood by our father St. Francis of Assisi, our Provincial elective Chapter was held from May 30- June 3. In Harrisburg, PA, the friars gathered to discuss our life and to elect those who would serve us for the next three years. Br. Tom Betz, OFM Cap., who has served as our Vocation Director, was elected as our new Provincial Minister, and his Council of advisors was also chosen.
On June 11, three of our friars, Brian Stacy, OFM Cap., Rafael Anguiano, OFM Cap. and Juan Antonio Cruz, OFM Cap., were ordained to the priesthood in Pittsburgh, PA, by our Capuchin confrere, Bp. Don Lippert, OFM Cap., now serving as the Bishop of the Mendi Diocese in Papua New Guinea.
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Read the tribute by Fr. Bonaventure:
"The Warrior Chased the Little Way"
Br. Alfred Francis Vincent, OFM Cap., died Thursday, June 9, 2016, at Sacred Heart Nursing Home in Hyattsville, MD. He was 87.
Born in Keene, NH, to Omer and Dora (Provencher) Vincent on January 28, 1929, Br. Alfred was baptized at St. Bernard Church in Keene and later attended the parish elementary school. He graduated from the Keene public high school in 1947.
Br. Alfred was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Paul, and his sister, Marian Rocheleau. He is survived by his brother George Vincent of Keene, NH.
At 19 in 1948, he was inducted into the U. S. Army and was wounded while fighting for the American forces in Korea in 1950. He was discharged with honors from military service in 1951.
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).
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.