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.
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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.
On November 29, 1979, Pope John Paul II named Saint Francis of Assisi the “heavenly patron of those who promote ecology.”
On the 35th anniversary of this significant event, the members of "Romans VI," the Interfranciscan Commission for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation, has issued a reflection to all of our Franciscan sisters and brothers throughout the world. Together with us, they hope to deepen our understanding of what it means to call Francis the 'patron of ecology,' and to explore the responsibility we inherit, as Francis' followers, to care for creation as its stewards. They're also sharing with us a few examples of Franciscans who are striving to live the implications of this event in our world today.
On the first day of November, Moisés Villalta, OFM Cap., received an award from the Caucus Salvadoreño Empresarial at their 8th Annual Legacy of Achievements gala. Moisés was recognized for his years of service to the Latino community in Washington. Out-going DC mayor Vincent C. Gray and Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser attended the event at the Washington Hilton and congratulated our brother who serves as pastor of the Shrine of the Sacred Heart there.