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 . . .
In the latest International Capuchin Newsletter (BICI), the Order focuses on our call to participate in the Year for Consecrated Life in 2015. 'The Joy and Beauty of Consecrated Life' accents the Holy Father's invitation for us "to be bearers of this message of hope giving serenity and joy, God’s consolation, his tenderness towards all."
Also in the issue:
Third Sunday of Advent
Pronounced the greatest of humans,
the last of the prophets
of Incarnational mystery,
proclaimed Emmanuel as near,
soon to grant his baptism
with the Holy Spirit of love,
assured that the least in the kingdom
so baptized in this infinite Spirit,
was greater than John.
You don’t know him, but Brother André owes you something.
And every day he strives to repay his debt to you.
Br. André Repucci, OFM Cap., has changed directions many times in his 35 years of life. From actor to officer, from television to the Air Force, this young man of boundless energy and enthusiasm took up many challenges and enjoyed much success.
And yet, he found little joy or meaning in any of them.
He knew deep inside where he was being led. And he ran the other way. Thanks in part to your prayers, Br. André has stopped running.
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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The friars had a great response to their invitation to the first ever "Capuchin Café" on Saturday evening, November 22, at Capuchin College in DC. Estimates are that 130-150 guests arrived for the event which challenged the many talents of our brothers and the great assistance of our Cap Corps Volunteers to get things off the ground: the planning, the building of the stage, the remodeling of the basement gathering room, the music practices, the work in the kitchen and the promotion of the event took the energy of the whole fraternity.