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 . . .
Our brother Dennis Klemash, OFM Cap. (left), is the Guardian of our Hermitage friary of St. Francis in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, PA. Along with Brs. Walt Robb, OFM Cap., and Mark Carter, OFM Cap., he is the source and animator of our 'prayer power' and preserves Francis of Assisi's desire that the brothers take time for solitude. As examples and as supporters for the Province they have a precious opportunity to deepen their lives with the crucified and risen Lord and to unite their hearts in compassion for his people.
Thanksgiving week was a busy one for the hermitage friars. A core value of the life at the hermitage is community service. On a regular basis, they volunteer at the Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and pack boxes that are sent to local food pantries for distribution to needy persons and families.
VIDEO added below
The friars had a great response to their invitation to the first ever "Capuchin Café" on Saturday evening, November 22, at Capuchin College in DC. Estimates are that 130-150 guests arrived for the event which challenged the many talents of our brothers and the great assistance of our Cap Corps Volunteers to get things off the ground: the planning, the building of the stage, the remodeling of the basement gathering room, the music practices, the work in the kitchen and the promotion of the event took the energy of the whole fraternity.
St. Joseph Parish in York once again hosted Fan the Fire (FTF), hosting more than 600 teens and leaders on Saturday, November 15. FTF is “a one day event designed to reach out to teens and help them to either deepen their relationship with Christ or discover it for the first time."
The day consisted of a dynamic host, high-quality music, talented local, regional and national Catholic Youth speakers, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Confessions, celebration of Mass, a concert, dinner and a lot more as seen by the video below.
Our brother Manuel Avilés, OFM Cap., ministering in his diaconate year at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Washington, DC, left the comfort-cool of Washington, DC, to travel to the Northwest side of our St. Augustine Province, accompanying three young men for a visit to Borromeo Seminary in Wickliffe, OH, just east of Cleveland.