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A month to celebrate


      June was a month to remember and cherish for the Capuchin Province of St. Augustine.

       In the tradtion established for our brotherhood by our father St. Francis of Assisi, our Provincial elective Chapter was held from May 30- June 3. In Harrisburg, PA, the friars gathered to discuss our life and to elect those who would serve us for the next three years. Br. Tom Betz, OFM Cap., who has served as our Vocation Director, was elected as our new Provincial Minister, and his Council of advisors was also chosen.

       On June 11, three of our friars, Brian Stacy, OFM Cap., Rafael Anguiano, OFM Cap. and Juan Antonio Cruz, OFM Cap., were ordained to the priesthood in Pittsburgh, PA, by our Capuchin confrere, Bp. Don Lippert, OFM Cap., now serving as the Bishop of the Mendi Diocese in Papua New Guinea.

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Br. Alfred Vincent, 1929-2016


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Read the tribute by Fr. Bonaventure:
"The Warrior Chased the Little Way"

       Br. Alfred Francis Vincent, OFM Cap., died Thursday, June 9, 2016, at Sacred Heart Nursing Home in Hyattsville, MD. He was 87.

       Born in Keene, NH, to Omer and Dora (Provencher) Vincent on January 28, 1929, Br. Alfred was baptized at St. Bernard Church in Keene and later attended the parish elementary school. He graduated from the Keene public high school in 1947.

       Br. Alfred was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Paul, and his sister, Marian Rocheleau. He is survived by his brother George Vincent of Keene, NH.

       At 19 in 1948, he was inducted into the U. S. Army and was wounded while fighting for the American forces in Korea in 1950. He was discharged with honors from military service in 1951.


The 2016 Fr. Bill Memorial Golf Outing

Join us this year!
Golf & fun
for a great cause!

       This year’s Fr. Bill Wiethorn Memorial Capuchin Golf Outing will be held on Friday, August 5, 2016, at River Forest Country Club in Freeport, PA.

       Our brother Bill Wiethorn, OFM Cap., was a beloved friar and friend who passed away in October, 2014. The tournament honors the memory of this unforgettable brother & friend, and proceeds from the Capuchin Golf Outing will benefit the Father Bill Wiethorn Scholarship Fund which continues the legacy of Fr. Bill, helping to educate and support the life of those who have heard the call of our Lord & who are beginning their journeys to serve the Church as Capuchin friars.

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The Novices' 2-Month Countdown

Garden2From the lates edition of the Caperone,
the newsletter of
the North American Capuchin Novitiate

       This month we’ve seen a lot of change at the novitiate, in both extraordinary, and in subtle, hardly noticeable ways. We’ve seen the incredible changes that come with Spring and the warmer weather; a plethora of flowers grew scattered across the surrounding hills, more cattle outside the San Lorenzo fence, and sweatier brows during afternoon work projects are some of the more obvious changes.

       Below the surface however, there’s been something else going on, a phenomenon that the formators notice with each class around this time of year: the bonds of fraternity are being made firm.


Scenes from a Holy Week


        The friars of the St. Augustine wish you a blessed and joyous Easter Season! Here is a sample of the friars who checked in with a glimpse of their Holy Week celebrations across our Capuchin Province.


A New Truck for St. John Hospice

Meza TruckDedication

       For St. John's Hospice in Philadelphia, PA, the arrival of a new truck was a reason to rejoice, and our brothers Mike Meza, OFM Cap., Operations Manager for the Hospice (pictured) and John Daya, OFM Cap., were there.  A story from Catholic Philly recounts the event . . .


Leopold and Pio Have Arrived

Pio Leopold 2       Huge crowds gathered in Rome for the veneration of the bodies of our Capuchin saints Leopold Mandic and Pio of Pietrlcina. The bodies of the Italian brothers were brought to Rome earlier in the week from their respective places of repose in Padua and San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, and were venerated in ceremonies marking their arrival in St. Peter Square on Friday night, February 5.  After their repositioning inside the Basilica, authorities had hoped to secure the doors at 11pm, but because of the queues, it was 3am before they were able to accomplish it. 

       The Holy Father has set aside these days to commission a worldwide group of "Missionaries of Mercy." Our brothers Leopold Mandic and Pio of Pietrlcina give witness to the call for Reonciliation through God's Mercy which was a hallmark of both friars' lives. St. Leopold worked in the northern Italian province of Veneto and St. Pio from the southern province of Foggia.


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