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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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Bishop Bill Fey shepherds Kimbe

   Our brother Bishop Bill Fey, OFM Cap., now serving as Bishop to Kimbe in Papua New Guinea, was highlighted in a recent article in the Catholic Leader, the official paper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane, Australia.  The article serves as a great testimony to Bishop Bill's work in the small, but fervent, diocese.  

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Meet our International Communicators

BICIStaffSM       ROME, Italy – This past May, the Office of Communications of the General Curia (headquarters) met for a meeting called by Br. Marek Przeczwski, OFM Cap., current director of the Office. They met to listen, evaluate and make suggestions for coordinating the activity of communications on the International level. Pictured are those responsible for all of the great information that emanates from Rome (l-r): Br. Francisco Lopes, managing editor for BICI, the International newsletter, Br. Marek, Br. Umberto Losacco (editor of the ANALECTA, an annual collection of archived documents, and Br. Charles Sammons, the manager and editor for OFMCAP.NET, the General website.

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OSV Highlights Fr. Scott's Work for Oaxaca

Ole5K-SM'Our Sunday Visitor' recently focused on the Anna Seethaler Hospital (TASH, Inc,), which was a 'dream realized' through the ministry of our brother Scott Seethaler, OFM Cap., whose initiative in Oaxaca, Mexico, provides necessary access to medical care for the people there. The article was authored by Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller and appears in part below.  The full article can be accessed through the links provided at the article's conclusion.

When Capuchin Father Scott Seethaler visited a friend in Oaxaca, Mexico, in November 1999, he was so moved by the health care needs of the poor that on his last day there, he promised a doctor that he would raise money to found a clinic.

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Oceania Capuchin Bishops Meet in New Zealand

Our Capuchin bishops from Oceania were in St. Joseph Cathedral in Wellington, New Zealand, on their way to the closing Mass of the meeting of the Federation of the Catholic Bishops from the territory, held from May 12-16. The five were among over 80 bishops who form the Federation representing dioceses from PNG/Solomon Islands, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. 

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