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'Nobody has it better than Fr. Bertin'

BertinRolll 09       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).

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Fr. Bertin Roll, 1916-2015

Bert3Date of birth:  October 5, 1916
Place of Birth:  Pittsburgh, PA
Investiture:  July 13, 1936
Temporary Profession:  July 14, 1937
Perpetual Profession: July 14, 1940
Ordination:  May 28, 1942
Date of death:  January 5, 2015
Burial: St. Augustine Cemetery, Millvale, PA

I’ve worn out some automobiles
and many more Guardian Angels.

God has been so good to me.
Who has it better than I do? Nobody!

We called him Bert,
the local crew of confreres,
to bring him back to life for real
after weeks of adulation
and pampering from Christian Mothers
who whispered with reverence
his name in full:
Father Bertin Roll,
the national director
of the Archconfraternity of Christian Mothers.


    Thus began the tribute to our confrere by Fr. Bonaventure Stefun, OFM Cap., written on his hearing of the death of our brother “Bert.” “National Director” was Bertin Roll’s job title and his life’s work. Except for the 26 years necessary to grow up, go to school, join the Capuchin Order and become a priest, Bertin pretty much lived to work for the Christian Mothers, the longest term of any friar in any one ministry – 61 years – finishing off with another 10 years as Director Emeritus. Could any friar ever have been assigned to one friary for so many years? After 71 years in a ministry, how did he remain so committed and enthusiastic?

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Christmas celebrations

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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!)

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Signs make news in Rome & Pittsburgh

CuriaBldgs       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 . . .

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Friar Hermits' Thanks-giving

1Dennis       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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Capuchin Café brings a crowd

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.

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Setting York on Fire

      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."

Lofo1       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.

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DC Friars welcome new Franciscans

       On Saturday, November 15, the St. Francis Community of the Secular Franciscan Order celebrated the profession of their newest members during a Mass celebrated at Capuchin College in Washington, DC. Local Minister Janice Benton, OFS, received the professions of the newest Franciscans, Arlyn Sweeney and Michele Thiec. Theresa Armstrong, OFS, and Dee Calisto, OFS, were their respective sponsors and supports during their Franciscan formation. Lolita Jardeleza, community Formation Director witnessed the Professions on behalf of the community family.
 

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Borromeo Visit brings snow to DC visitors

      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.

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