It was an extraordinary moment, and those moments call for extraordinary efforts to play a part. While Pope Francis' visit to the US was continually dubbed an 'historical' moment, it will certainly be an important part of the history for our friars in DC and in Philadelphia.
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Brs. Seba, Manuju, Piotr, Jekson, Francisco
English is so tough to learn because they spell "England," and they pronounce it "Great Britain."
The joke may lose something in the translation from Italian, but it's a standard joke that reflects how tough it is to learn the English language (prounounced 'Inglish," by the way!).
Five friars from our International friary of Graduate Studies, Collegio San Lorenzo, in Rome are spending two months in Washington, DC, attending the LADO School for Language studies in Silver Spring, MD. Their two-month stay is a break from their graduate work in Rome at one of the various international universities found there. All Roman universities require a certain fluency in any number of modern languages to broaden a student's available resources for study and research.
Our brother Fr. Mark Pattock, OFM Cap., and the Parish of St. Mary, Herman, PA, sponsored another successful 'Theology on Tap' Session on Wednesday night, August 26.
Gathering once a month at the R. C. Men's Club in Herman, a core group of 6 to 12 young adults with Fr. Mark select guest speakers and topics for the series and invite other young adults to join them. The ministry has proven to be a healing ministry and has assisted the parish efforts to reach out to young adults who, in the midst of their busy lives, attempt to balance their personal stuggles and commitments while trying to deepen their spirituality, finding ways that their Catholic faith can be of help to them.
On Saturday, July 11, in Philadelphia, PA, Jack's Yacs (Young Adult Catholics) Group organized a "Light the City" event modeled on the one in the Washington, DC, Archdiocese. "Light the City" is a street evangelizing effort. After a Mass celebrated by our brother Tom Betz, OFM Cap., the Blessed Sacrament was exposed for adoration.
There were at least 75 volunteers helping in the music ministry and in street evangelization where they went out to meet and greet passersby along the way. The mission of the disciples to go out two-by-two just happened to be the weekend's Sunday Gospel . . . which was hardly a coincidence.
Taking the Gospel to parishes in our Capuchin Province of St. Augustine , four friar students are living out of back-packs and a van for the summer. Reports have it that they are making quite the impact on the young and old and in-beween’s. Seeing the enthusiasm and participation evoked by the missionaries, one parish friar remarked that “I am very impressed with these guys.”
The Catholic Spirit, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Wheeling/Charleston, WV, published a salute of thanksgiving to our brothers who have served in the Diocese for more than a century. That salute was a full two-page tribute to their graciousness and appreciation for the service of our fraternity with the names of 170 of our friars. The Province of St. Augustine, in turn, thanks the people of the Diocese for enriching us through their goodness and hospitality throughout the years. May they continue to bring the Gospel to Life as we promise them our prayers and our memories of the faithful men who have found a 'home' among them.