The January issue of the International Capuchin News Newsletter BICI, highlights the meeting of the Four Ministers General. They are the Ministers to the four branches of men in the Franciscan family of friars. They met together in January with the various friar directors of Formation and Communications to discuss our the important role of expressing our Francsican charism and the important role of integrity in living out our call to follow the Lord Jesus.
Also in this issue, the Order pays tribute to our own Minister General, Br. Mauro Jõhri, OFM Cap., of the Swiss Province, who celebrates his Golden Anniversary (50 years) of his Profession of vows this year.
Once a month the friar team of the Capuchin Formation Program (CFP) of Borromeo Seminary in Wicklife, OH, (Frs. Lester Knoll, OFM Cap. and Mick Joyce, OFM Cap.) enlists a friar who is asked to give a formation evening on a designated Capuchin Franciscan topic. In the photo above, our brothers Lester (l) and Mick (r) are seated. Standing (from left) are Thomas Lydic, Evan Jamison, Luis Munguia, guest Br. Manuel Avíles, OFM Cap. , Patrick Cordero, Samuel Martinez and Joshua Soldat. The CFP hosted our brother Manuel the weekend of January 23rd.
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.
He was born on July 31, 1935 to John and Pauline (Dieterle) Finerty, and was baptized 'John Paul Finerty' to reflect both of his parents' names. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Mary Patricia Norton. He leaves to mourn his passing his sister, Carol Sherry, and her husband Jack, his brother Gregory and his wife Mary Ann, and many nieces and nephews.
The new year marks the half-way point for our novices time of discernment through prayer, service and fraternity, and the latest Caperone, their monthly newsletter, is online for your perusal. Brs. Brenton & David write:
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)!
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.
If Bert were a salesman,
he would have carried
top honors every month.
He recorded 3000 miles in driving
addressing parish women’s groups,
convincing them of the spiritual benefits
of the Christian Mothers Archconfraternity,
the mothers praying for one another,
and always for the children, and often,
determined that prayer and example
would imprint what God was making available.