The Capuchin Novitiate Family 2014-2015
The Capuchin novices of North America are now into their third month of the novitiate year in Santa Ynez, CA, and have weighed in with ther first edition of the Caperone, the periodic magazine they publish to let us know what's happening among them.
The Academic Year 2014-15 began in earnest on Tuesday, September 2, at John Carroll University in Cleveland. Five young men resumed their classes while one began his first semester there. All of them are residents at Borromeo Seminary in Wickliffe, OH, where our Capuchin Formation Program (CFP) allows them the opportunity to live in community and discern their vocations as Capuchin Franciscan friars.
You don’t know him, but Brother André owes you something.
And every day he strives to repay his debt to you.
Br. André Repucci, OFM Cap., has changed directions many times in his 35 years of life. From actor to officer, from television to the Air Force, this young man of boundless energy and enthusiasm took up many challenges and enjoyed much success.
And yet, he found little joy or meaning in any of them.
He knew deep inside where he was being led. And he ran the other way. Thanks in part to your prayers, Br. André has stopped running.
Now that Labor Day has signalled the end of summmer fun, you might enjoy the friar-faces from this year's Friars' Picnic that happened on Friday, August 22 in North Park (Allison Park, PA). The annual event took place the day before the celebration of the Perpetual Profession of our brothers John Paul, Roshan and Raphael (see article).
The Cap Corps Volunteers (fresh from their orientation weekend!) and the new Postulants (fresh from their initiation cermony at 7:00am that morning!) were able to join the friars gathered from throughout the Province. Some shots of the fun & faces follow . . . .
The Conference of Major Superiors of Men met in Pittsburgh last weekend. Our brother John Pavlik, OFM Cap., CMSM Executive Director, was on all cylinders for the meeting.
Above is a shot of the Capuchin representatives at the annual event. From left: Brs. Andrew McCarty, Francis Gasparik (New York/New England Province, Provincial), John Pavlik, Bishop John Corriveau (former Minister General & now Bishop of Nelson, BC, Canada), David Nestler (our Minister Provincial), Reynaldo Frias-Santana, Tage Danielson, Michael Marigliano (NY/NE Province) Matt Hindelang and Juan Antonio Ortiz.
Fr. Moisés Villalta, OFM Cap., Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Washington, DC, sent us word of a recent trip to his home country with members of his parish community. He writes:
“The Missionaries of St. Francis of Assisi, a group from our parish here in Washington, have just returned from its third mission trip to El Salvador. This time we were accompanied by our brothers Fr. Urbano Vasquez, OFM Cap., and Br. Juan Antonio Ortiz, OFM Cap. The mission was accompished in response to our beloved Pope Francis' invitation ‘to go and evangelize all people and to be in a continual state of conversion.’
"The mission is in the most remote territory of El Salvador, in the area called Morazán - north of St. Miguel.
Arriving at Dulles airport, on Sunday afternoon, August 3, Br. James Watson, OFM Cap., was greeted (and photographed!) by Fr. Paul, the guardian of his home friary, Cap College in Washington, DC. Emailing the Province prior to James' arrival, here’s what Tanzania's Provincial Minister, Wolfgang Pisa, OFM Cap., writes about James’ departure from the east African nation: