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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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'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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