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Waking up the Franciscan World

OFMs       Our friars of Capuchin College in Washington opened their chapel, recreation  and dining rooms to the men from other Franciscan communities in the area for an evening together during spring break in early March. 

       Spearheaded by four friends and classmates, Brs. Rafael Anguiano OFM Cap.; John Aherne OFM; Vincent Yeager TOR; and Emmanuel Vasconcelos OFMConv., a large group of brothers met for Mass, socializing and dinner.  Representatives of the Holy Land Franciscans were also present for the event. 

See the entire article and photos here.

Capuchin Bishop and the Yemen Crisis

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    Capuchin Friar Bishop Paul Hinder, OFM Cap., former General Councilor of the Order from the Province of Switzerland, alerts us about the current crisis in Yemen through an Interview with Vatican Radio:

Bishop Hinder describes humanitarian crisis

(Vatican Radio) In recent days the fights between armed groups in the area around the city of Sana, in Yemen, have intensified, and civilians, mostly women and children are the victims. As the fights between armed groups intensify, aid workers fear for their lives and are pulled out by their organizations.

The Catholic Church in the United Arab Emirates, Oman & Yemen' does its very best to continue to be a good shepherd to its flock in this dark hour of the Arabian Peninsula. The Apostolic Vicariate of Arabia goes back to 1888 and was originally established by the Capuchin Franciscans of Lyons, France. Today around 55 priests and 60 sisters, assisted by trained volunteer catechists, serve around 1 million Catholics in the Vicariate.

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Internation Capuchins: BICI reports

BICICoverIn this month's International Capuchin Newsletter:

  • St. Francis and the Jubilee of Mercy
  • The Grace of Working: Between Theory and Reality
  • Lenten Retreat for the Curia
  • Appointment of a New General Councilor
  • Report from the Ordinary Meeting of the General Council
  • A Capuchin Receives the “Freedom” Prize from the City of Dublin
  • Reopening of the Relic Chapel at the Central Offices
  • Among the massacred Christians
  • Brothers Walk Seven Days from Assisi to Rome

Br. Francisco Highlighted at JCU

Lopez JCU       Our brother, Francisco Lopez, OFM Cap., was recently featured in John Carroll University’s magazine. Francisco is an alum of the Cleveland university which he attended while a student in the Capuchin Formation Program of Borromeo Seminary in Wickliffe, OH.

       The article focused on four alumni who have pursued a vocation to Religious Life. Francisco traces his call to Capuchin life to a card he received from a friend. It was from the Seraphic Mass Association and included a prayer to St. Anthony. Francisco looked at the back of the card and heard about Capuchins for the first time. The rest is history:

       One of eight children, Br. Lopez, who was born in the Dominican Republic, spent 14 years there before coming to the U.S. to live in Massachusetts. That’s where his grandmother first came years previously and where he went to high school.

       “I’ve always wanted to go to a Jesuit school,” Lopez says. “My father sent me to a private school in the Dominican Republic, but it wasn’t a Catholic school.”

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Fr. Charles Knoll, 1927-2015

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Date of birth:  February 14, 1927
Place of Birth:  Chicora, PA
Investiture:  July 13, 1948
Temporary Profession:  July 14, 1949
Perpetual Profession: July 14, 1952
Ordination:  June 5, 1954
Date of death:  March 8, 2015
Burial: St. Mary Cemetery, Herman, PA

"It is my personal feeling
that we should recognize

the special gifts that God gives our men
and not frustrate their cultural leanings
when these can be employed
in the service of the Church.”

Fr. Giles Staab, OFM Cap.
May 5, 1962


    Talented. Creative. Gifted. Inquisitive. Quiet. Impulsive. Confusing. Caring. Sensitive.

    All these words were applied to our brother Charles Knoll at one time or another. “Misunderstood” comes to mind as well – but aren’t all creative and talented people misunderstood at some time or another? They don’t quite fit into the box of most people’s expectations, and Charles certainly felt himself “misunderstood.” A brilliant musician, he tried to convince a Provincial and his Council in 1959 that a pipe organ would be the best investment for the novitiate chapel in Annapolis, MD. The Council, of course, thought it would be impractical and expensive. “Charlie” was unable to conceive that others could possibly value practicalities like money  or budgets over what far transcended them: art, beauty and goodness.

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CFP Serves - and Plays - in Honduras

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During the week of February 22, Mick Joyce, OFM Cap., and seven seminarians from Borromeo Seminary, and our Capuchin Formation Program there, were in Honduras for an annual mission-immersion experience. They were there to support the work of Sister María Rosa Leggol, OSF, a Honduran Franciscan Sister and to assist medical and dental professionals from Cleveland who go to mountain villages to care for the sick.

In the 1960’s Sr. Maria Rosa organized a group of homes to care for abandoned and deprived children.The project became Sociedad Amigos de los Niños. The orphans of Sociedad Amigos de los Niños en Nuevo Paraiso, engaged the men in games of soccer, in pushing the kids on swings, and in giving piggy-back rides, often beginning with the simple greeting, “Hey, Amigo.”

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We were there for Life

        Annual activities on behalf of Life got off the ground on Wednesday, January 21, in Washington, DC, with a Mass at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception our own Sean Cardinal O’Malley, OFM Cap., as presider. The following day, the day of the March for Life, our Capuchin brothers gathered for their annual Mass to add our presence and prayers to life's precious gift.

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Fr. Bernard Finerty, 1935-2015

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Date of birth:  July 31, 1935
Place of Birth:  Pittsburgh, PA
Investiture:  July 13, 1955
Temporary Profession:  July 14, 1956
Perpetual Profession: July 14, 1959
Ordination:  June 3, 1961
Date of death:  January 23, 2015
Burial: St. Augustine Cemetery, Millvale, PA
 
“From the very beginning of my vocation,
even as early as high-school,
I envisioned preaching
as the core of my ministry.”

Letter to Provincial Minister
November 29, 1989


    At the funeral of Bernard Finerty, Fr. Tom Betz, OFM Cap., a friend and former student, made the observation that what struck him about the life of our confrere was that from everywhere he was stationed in his life as a Capuchin, the “Province pulled out.” It was an exaggeration, of course. The places did not come crashing down like dominoes.

    “Bernie” spent a good 24 years of his life in Herman, PA, before our high school and college were closed. He stayed there for 11 years as Director of the Retreat Center, trying to build a retreat ministry in a rural area; it ended only when the property was sold, of course.

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Theology on Tap travels I-270

 TheoOnTap October2014       Friars descended on Rockville, MD, in Montgomery County on Thursday evening, January 8. Brs. Saúl Soriano, OFM Cap., and Tommy Piolata, OFM Cap., work with the young adult ministry called 270Catholic, no doubt in part referring to Interstate-270 that runs through the county.

     The mission of Theology on Tap is to provide young adults an opportunity to explore issues and topics that relate to faith and life in a casual, fun, low-pressure environment. Speakers from a number of churches, universities, and institutions in the DC-area share their thoughts and experiences on a variety of topics to get the conversations started each month -- all the while enjoying a good beer and a burger (although other foods and drinks are also available)!

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