Ascension of the Lord
A mountain-shattering earthquake
could not have changed us more
that Easter morning,
not age-old recipes for lentil soup
or spices for the kibbe,
the reason for eating changed
when life required no eating.
Reports described this body floating,
the rules of earth reversed,
as we casually waved farewell,
because we walked on our heads
so saw him fall, not rise,
as though his body of Bethlehem
was slipping away
This video segment from the EWTN News aired on May 7, 2015. The video was part of a continuing series celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life 2015. Our brothers Andrew McCarty, Brian Newman, Brian Stacy and others are highlighted to explain our Capuchin Franciscan call and way of life. 'Capuchin College,' a.k.a. "St. Francis Friary", is located in Washington, DC, near the Catholic University of America, and is one of the houses ("friaries") of our Capuchin Franciscan Friars of the St. Augustine Province.
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It is fitting that a Sunday’s recent Gospel calls us to “lay down one’s life for one’s friends” as we reflect on our lives in prayer and fraternity in this month’s issue of The Caperone. This year has taught us through a deeper commitment to prayer and in turn a greater reliance on God that we can grow in love of our neighbors and particularly our brothers whom we live with.
The past couple months we have had a full run at prayer (a week long silent retreat in March), liturgy planning (Easter Triduum at San Lorenzo), community (visits with the LA Diocesan seminarians, participation in the Relay For Life) and fraternity as we work together through it all . . .
Commencement ceremonies at St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology saw fellow friar Phil Bernier, OFM Cap., (center in his doctoral cap and gown) receive a Doctor of Ministry degree. While Phil has been teaching at Borromeo, he earned a doctorate from the graduate school, located on the same campus with Borromeo and the Capuchin Formation Program (CFP) in Wickliffe, OH.
We also notice in the photo our brothers Sam Driscoll, OFM Cap., Jonathan Ulrick, OFM Cap. (both from our St. Paul Friary in downtown Cleveland, 2nd and 3rd from the left) and Lester Knoll, OFM Cap. (right of Phil) of the Capuchin Formation Program staff . . .
Our brother Brian Stacy, OFM Cap., was ordained as a transitional deacon by Washington, DC, Auxiliary Bishop Barry Knestout on Saturday, May 2, at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception near our friary of 'Capuchin College', where Brian is stationed.
Ordained with Br. Michael Reyes, OFM, of the Holy Name Province of Friars, Brian is the latest in a long line of friars to kneel before a bishop in the Crypt Church of the National Shrine.
UPDATE ALERT: The link to the Podcast was added on 05/09/2015
With one more night to broadcast, “The Catholic Guy” wraps a week of shows from Wickliffe, OH and our Capuchin Formtation Program at Borromeo Seminary.
Sirius radio personality Lino Rulli took time to pose with the CFP crowd, our brothers Lester Knoll, OFM Cap. (R) and Mick Joyce, OFM Cap. (L), flank our CFP students: (from left) Patrick Cordero, Samuel Martinez, Joshua Soldat, Host Lino Rulli, Luis Munguia, Evan Jamison and Thomas Lydic.
Fr. Mick writes: “The Catholic Guy show discusses life, religion, and theology in a humorous fashion through the eyes of an average Catholic guy. The program has been recognized by The New York Times for its spontaneity and edginess, having ability to sound like catechism class one minute and 'The Howard Stern Show' the next. It was fun being part of the live studio audience.”
For those who do not get Sirius Radio transmissions, you can listen to or download the podcast from Cleveland here.
Our friars at from the fraternity of Cap College in Washington, DC, hosted their 'Capuchin Cafe' (affectionately called 'Capuchin Cafe 3.0') on Saturday, April 18. In order to provide more space for a larger gathering, the event changed locations from our friary to St. Anthony's Church near Catholic University. Vocation Director and Philadelphia Pastor, Fr. Tom Betz, OFM Cap., was the preacher during the opening Eucharistic devotion, and Brs. Al Carver, OFM Cap., Ross Henley, OFM Cap., Brian Stacy, OFM Cap., Tommy Piolata, OFM Cap., and Keon Tu, OFM Cap., led the singing, supported by melodious members of our DC Cap Corps Volunteers.