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Internation Capuchins: BICI reports

BICICoverIn this month's International Capuchin Newsletter:

  • St. Francis and the Jubilee of Mercy
  • The Grace of Working: Between Theory and Reality
  • Lenten Retreat for the Curia
  • Appointment of a New General Councilor
  • Report from the Ordinary Meeting of the General Council
  • A Capuchin Receives the “Freedom” Prize from the City of Dublin
  • Reopening of the Relic Chapel at the Central Offices
  • Among the massacred Christians
  • Brothers Walk Seven Days from Assisi to Rome

Br. Francisco Highlighted at JCU

Lopez JCU       Our brother, Francisco Lopez, OFM Cap., was recently featured in John Carroll University’s magazine. Francisco is an alum of the Cleveland university which he attended while a student in the Capuchin Formation Program of Borromeo Seminary in Wickliffe, OH.

       The article focused on four alumni who have pursued a vocation to Religious Life. Francisco traces his call to Capuchin life to a card he received from a friend. It was from the Seraphic Mass Association and included a prayer to St. Anthony. Francisco looked at the back of the card and heard about Capuchins for the first time. The rest is history:

       One of eight children, Br. Lopez, who was born in the Dominican Republic, spent 14 years there before coming to the U.S. to live in Massachusetts. That’s where his grandmother first came years previously and where he went to high school.

       “I’ve always wanted to go to a Jesuit school,” Lopez says. “My father sent me to a private school in the Dominican Republic, but it wasn’t a Catholic school.”

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Fr. Charles Knoll, 1927-2015

Knoll       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.

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CFP Serves - and Plays - in Honduras

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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.”

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We were there for Life

        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.

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Fr. Bernard Finerty, 1935-2015

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and poetic tribute:

Remembering Fr. Bernard
(updated 02/18/2015)

       Our brother Fr. Bernard Finerty, OFM Cap., died on Friday, January 23, 2015, in Cumberland, MD, following several months of rapidly declining health. He was 79.

       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.

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Theology on Tap travels I-270

 TheoOnTap October2014       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)!

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