Annual activities on behalf of Life got off the ground on Wednesday, January 21, in Washington, DC, with a Mass at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception our own Sean Cardinal O’Malley, OFM Cap., as presider. The following day, the day of the March for Life, our Capuchin brothers gathered for their annual Mass to add our presence and prayers to life's precious gift.
He was born on July 31, 1935 to John and Pauline (Dieterle) Finerty, and was baptized 'John Paul Finerty' to reflect both of his parents' names. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Mary Patricia Norton. He leaves to mourn his passing his sister, Carol Sherry, and her husband Jack, his brother Gregory and his wife Mary Ann, and many nieces and nephews.
Friars descended on Rockville, MD, in Montgomery County on Thursday evening, January 8. Brs. Saúl Soriano, OFM Cap., and Tommy Piolata, OFM Cap., work with the young adult ministry called 270Catholic, no doubt in part referring to Interstate-270 that runs through the county.
The mission of Theology on Tap is to provide young adults an opportunity to explore issues and topics that relate to faith and life in a casual, fun, low-pressure environment. Speakers from a number of churches, universities, and institutions in the DC-area share their thoughts and experiences on a variety of topics to get the conversations started each month -- all the while enjoying a good beer and a burger (although other foods and drinks are also available)!
When someone lives to 98, they leave many a 'footprint' behind. Thanks to Jill Turok at the Christian Mothers' offices and Andria DeVit at the Provincial Office, we've been given the opportunity to share some of those footprints.
In 1994, as Fr. Bert marked 50 years of service to the Christian Mothers, he wrote:
What keeps me going? First of all, one of our stickers that I have on the dashboard of the car: All for the greater honor and glorv of God. I have driven a lot of miles in fifty years. So I thank my present Guardian Angel and those angels that I have worn out (Then, too, I have driven many golf balls. That recreation has helped to keep me sane, sober, single and serene).
Our brother, Fr. Bertin Roll, OFM Cap., died on Monday, January 5, 2015 at St. Augustine Friary where he resided for over 62 years. Current Minister, Fr. Phil Fink, OFM Cap., reported that Bertin began hospice care on Saturday, January 3. He had lost strength but was generally in good spirits right to the end. He was 98.
Fr. Bertin was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Helen, and his brothers, George and Bill, and is survived by several nieces and nephews. Born to William and Nora (O’Brien) Roll on October 5, 1916, he was named Raymond and baptized at St. Athanasius Church in Pittsburgh, PA, where he attended the parish grade school. He chose St. Fidelis High School Seminary to follow his young call to the priesthood and entered the Capuchin Franciscan Order in 1936, taking the Religious name Bertin and professing temporary vows on July 14, 1937, at SS. Peter & Paul Friary in Cumberland, MD. The young friar then studied philosophy with the rest of his class at St. Fidelis Monastery in Victoria, KS, and moved to Capuchin College in Washington, DC, for priesthood studies in 1939. Bertin was ordained on May 28, 1942, in DC's Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Updated on Monday, December 29
We wish all of our readers, especially our closest friends and benefactors, the peace & goodness of the Christmas Season which, for us, actually began on December the 25th - we're in this through the feast of the Baptism of the Lord in January. Meanwhile, we're getting somes shots from our friars, and we wanted to share their special day with you.
Know that the pictures come with our profound prayers of gratitude for your reminder of how faithful the Lord has been to us in 2014. Enjoy the season (even if we won't see any more Christmas commercials -- maybe now we can actually enjoy the Lord's presence in our lives!)
Call it a 'sign of the times' but both our Provincial offices in Pittsburgh and our General Headquarters in Rome were highlighted during these weeks for 'signs.'
Pittsburgh Magazine highlighted our Provincial employee, Peggy Connolly, because the sign she updates frequently on our Capuchin Ministry Center in the 'burgh was noticed by a magazine writer there. She calls Peggy a 'heavenly messenger,' and we can't imagine a better description.
Meanwhile, in Rome, a new sign marks the memory of one of our Capuchin greats during World War II. His work and ministry for the Jewish people during the time of the holocaust earned the distinction of our headquarters being designated as a 'House of Life.' Read all about it below . . .