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First Sunday of Lent 2015

Unhampered by words, Lord Jesus,
you construct our relationship,
by building from your name’s
forgiveness and mercy,
unable to remember sin,
conveying a mother’s tenderness
together with strength of a brother,
like the covenant
of Jonathan and David,
both willing to stand eager and ready,
with life itself at stake.


January CapCafé in DC brings a crowd

       January saw another successful Capuchin Café Gathering on Saturday, January 31, at Cap College in Washington, DC. Once again, its great success was owing to the many brothers who contributed their time and talents. Br. Juan Anotonio Ortíz, OFM Cap., designed an attractive chalkboard logo for the evening (right, below), and there was plenty of time sacrificed in the heavy work of setting things up, baking and serving the crowd of guests who attended.

       Over 200 visitors flooded the chapel for Holy Hour to begin the evening with praise and worship. Though you can see the pictures of a very full chapel in the images below, what one doesn't see are the numerous men and women just outside of the chapel, lined up for the Sacrament of Reconciliation as five friar-priests made themselves available for the encounters.


News from Rome

    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.


Br. Manuel fires up the CFP

       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.


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.


Fr. Bernard Finerty, 1935-2015

FinertySView the photo gallery
and poetic tribute:

Remembering Fr. Bernard
(updated 02/18/2015)

       Our brother Fr. Bernard Finerty, OFM Cap., died on Friday, January 23, 2015, in Cumberland, MD, following several months of rapidly declining health. He was 79.

       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.


A new year with a new 'Caperone'

2015 01 CaperCOVER       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:

       Here is our first edition of the new year. We'll look back at our Advent and Christmas seasons as well as reflect on our experiences these past six months as Novices.
       Thank you for your prayerful support this year.  Happy New Year to all!

       If you missed the December issue, you still have a chance to read the novices' look at their lives in Ministry & Service.  Check it out!

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