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Br. André owes you . . .

You don’t know him, but Brother André owes you something.
And every day he strives to repay his debt to you.

VideoShotBr. 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.

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Faces from a Picnic

       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 . . . .

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Major Superiors meet in Pittsburgh

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

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Sacred Heart reaches out in El Salvador

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.

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Br. James returns from Tanzania

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:

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Seven Friars profess First Vows

       With a very good showing of friars on Satuday, July 19, our Provincial Minister David Nestler, OFM Cap., accepted the first vows of (from left in photo above) Ross Henley, Francisco Lopez, Diogo Escudero, Thomas Piolata, Qiang (Keon) Tu, Brian Wolford and Saul Soriano. The chapel of Mt. Alvernia in Millvale, PA, the home of our sisters in St. Francis, was filled with friars, families, friends and our wonderful sister-hosts.

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Fr. Paul Dressler down under & in PNG

PNG SLIDE SHOW added to article below

Paul Dressler, OFM Cap., recently journeyed to Australia to participate in CapFest, a young adult Capuchin convention organized and sponsored by our brother Capuchins there. He reports that all went well and sent us the above photo with some of the participants.

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Fr. Lester looking "over the shoulder"

LesterOur brother Lester Knoll, OFM Cap., sent us the news that his book, Looking Over His Shoulder is now published.

Fr. Lester comments about the book: “The remarkable theologian Karl Rahner said that the future believer will either be a mystic or not believe at all. That was in 1964. A mystic is simply a person who has had a personal encounter with the Lord.”

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Puerto Rico Novices begin life in Columbia

Our custody of Puerto Rico has welcomed two novices into our life who recently received the Capuchin habit as they begin their year of novitiate to discern the Lord's call. Pictured above are their Novice Director, Prosper Arciniegas, OFM Cap., novices Orlando Cruz, OFM Cap., and Gabriel Juarbe, OFM Cap., and Roberto Martinez, OFM Cap., the Custos (Minister) of the friars of Puerto Rico.

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