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35th Anniversary: What's a 'steward' to do?

Canticle       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.


Salvadoran Community celebrates Br. Moisés


       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.


Brothers to York PA: 25th Anniversary of Presence

        The Pastoral Council at St. Joseph Parish in York [PA] celebrated the 25th anniversary of our Capuchin Franciscan ministry there since 1979.  The Mass was celebrated on the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, and a number of the Capuchin friars who've ministered at the parish returned for the occasion.


Celebrating With Our 2014 Jubilarians

        On Friday, October 17, friars, families and friends came together to honor the jubilarians of our Capuchin life and/or priestly ministry. The annual recognition remembers those friars who reach hallmarks in their journeys of Religious Life (counted from the year of their first profession of the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience) and/or priesthood (counted from the year of Ordination). It gives all of the friars a chance to thank the Lord for the gift of our brothers, and it allows the celebrated brothers to receive the gratitude of the friars, friends and families for their fidelity and perseverance. Above all, it gives us the chance to praise the Lord for the graces they've received and that we have received through their lives and ministries.


The Latest CapContact

       The Fall 2014 edition of the CapContact lets you inside of our formation programs as we prepare to become 'Ambassadors for Christ.'  You'll also get a chance to meet our newest candidates, the 'Postulants,' who've taken that first step to examine their call to live among us and become Capuchin friars.

       Download the issue here.

Cardinal Turkson 'bumps the celebrant' in DC

Turkson3       Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, was a featured speaker at a Catholic University conference on ethics and business for the week of September 21. The Cardinal opted to stay at our friary, 'Capuchin College,' during the conference, and was the main celebrant and homilist for the community Mass at the friary.


Hispanic Heritage Month in PA


       Friar Orlando Reyes, OFM Cap., reports that the city of Harrisburg, PA, celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a special Mass on Sunday, September 14, followed by an outdoor festival. Bishop Ronald Gainer was the main celebrant and homilist for the Spanish Mass, marking the 70th anniversary of the diocese’s ministry among the Hispanic communities. Later current Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett made remarks on the Capitol steps. Fr. Orlando and the Governor had a few moments together during the celebration.


'Rebuild My Church' Talks Online

Dressler AUS       Eight great talks were delivered at the Rebuild My Church Capuchin Franciscan Youth Fest on June 26-29, 2014, by four of our Capuchin Friars. They had the goal of inspiring the young people to go and rebuild the Church by addressing a few Church themes (Evangelisation, the Poor, Unity, Mercy and Eucharist), sharing with them some wisdom from St. Francis and from our Franciscan tradition.

Our own Fr. Paul Dressler, OFM Cap., from Capuchin College in Washington, DC, delivered four of the talks; our ex-General Minister, Bishop John Corriveau, OFM Cap., delivered two of the talks; and Australian Provincial Minister Fr. Gary Devery, OFM Cap., and his Vicar Provincial, Fr. Robert Stewart, OFM Cap., delivered the other two.

All eight are available on the Australian Capuchin Province website.

Word from the Novices

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.



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