Fr. Charles Knoll, OFM Cap., age 88, quietly passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2015, at Vincentian Home in Pittsburgh, PA.
He was born to Francis and Mary Alice (Black) Knoll on February 14, 1927, in Chicora, PA. He was one of twelve children. Father Charles was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Francis; and his sister, Mary Agnes Pfaff. He is survived by sisters Mary Therese Geibel of Chicora, Monica Glynn of Baltimore, OH, Rita Barnhart of Rye, NY, Bernadette Huefner of Franklin, PA, Donna Neff of Butler, PA; brothers John, Thomas and Donald, all of Chicora, and Fr. Lester Knoll, OFM Cap., a member of the formation team for the Capuchin Formation Program at Borromeo Seminary in Wickliffe, OH. In addition, his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, and his many nieces and nephews and their children also mourn his passing.
During the week of February 22, Mick Joyce, OFM Cap., and seven seminarians from Borromeo Seminary, and our Capuchin Formation Program there, were in Honduras for an annual mission-immersion experience. They were there to support the work of Sister María Rosa Leggol, OSF, a Honduran Franciscan Sister and to assist medical and dental professionals from Cleveland who go to mountain villages to care for the sick.
In the 1960’s Sr. Maria Rosa organized a group of homes to care for abandoned and deprived children.The project became Sociedad Amigos de los Niños. The orphans of Sociedad Amigos de los Niños en Nuevo Paraiso, engaged the men in games of soccer, in pushing the kids on swings, and in giving piggy-back rides, often beginning with the simple greeting, “Hey, Amigo.”
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.