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Our King

Solemnity of Christ the King
November 23, 2014

For us who count by votes
to elect the ones who make decisions
in limited terms of office,
the title king
does not refer to ultimate office,
but to a person,
beyond the ones with voting power,
with infinite attributes,
a king of eternal origin,
almighty in power,
exhaustless in deeds of mercy,
with a maker’s
relationship of gifting life.


Setting York on Fire

      St. Joseph Parish in York once again hosted Fan the Fire (FTF), hosting more than 600 teens and leaders on Saturday, November 15. FTF is “a one day event designed to reach out to teens and help them to either deepen their relationship with Christ or discover it for the first time."

Lofo1       The day consisted of a dynamic host, high-quality music, talented local, regional and national  Catholic Youth speakers, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Confessions, celebration of Mass, a concert, dinner and a lot more as seen by the video below.


DC Friars welcome new Franciscans

       On Saturday, November 15, the St. Francis Community of the Secular Franciscan Order celebrated the profession of their newest members during a Mass celebrated at Capuchin College in Washington, DC. Local Minister Janice Benton, OFS, received the professions of the newest Franciscans, Arlyn Sweeney and Michele Thiec. Theresa Armstrong, OFS, and Dee Calisto, OFS, were their respective sponsors and supports during their Franciscan formation. Lolita Jardeleza, community Formation Director witnessed the Professions on behalf of the community family.


Borromeo Visit brings snow to DC visitors

      Our brother Manuel Avilés, OFM Cap., ministering in his diaconate year at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Washington, DC, left the comfort-cool of Washington, DC, to travel to the Northwest side of our St. Augustine Province, accompanying three young men for a visit to Borromeo Seminary in Wickliffe, OH, just east of Cleveland.


A World of Capuchins: Read BICI

BICI 2014-11       The October-November issue of BICI, the International Capuchin Newsletter from our Central offices in Rome is now online. 

       This months's issue highlights:

  • A word about our Capuchin brother-Saints on how our heroes offer us an identity and sense of belonging as part of our 'Capuchin DNA'
  • Some reflections from our General 'Postulator' for the Causes of the Saints on working in the 'Saint Factory.'
  • A Change for our friars in the Domincan Republic and Haiti


35th Anniversary: What's a 'steward' to do?

Canticle       On November 29, 1979, Pope John Paul II named Saint Francis of Assisi the “heavenly patron of those who promote ecology.”

       On the 35th anniversary of this significant event, the members of "Romans VI," the Interfranciscan Commission for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation, has issued a reflection to all of our Franciscan sisters and brothers throughout the world. Together with us, they hope to deepen our understanding of what it means to call Francis the 'patron of ecology,' and to explore the responsibility we inherit, as Francis' followers, to care for creation as its stewards. They're also sharing with us a few examples of Franciscans who are striving to live the implications of this event in our world today.


Salvadoran Community celebrates Br. Moisés


       On the first day of November, Moisés Villalta, OFM Cap., received an award from the Caucus Salvadoreño Empresarial at their 8th Annual Legacy of Achievements gala. Moisés was recognized for his years of service to the Latino community in Washington. Out-going DC mayor Vincent C. Gray and Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser attended the event at the Washington Hilton and congratulated our brother who serves as pastor of the Shrine of the Sacred Heart there.


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