Our Capuchin Minister General, Br. Mauro Jöhri, OFM Cap., has issued this Circular Letter to the Order as we celebrate the coming Beatification of our Brothers who were Martyred in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939).
Dear Brothers and Sisters.
News of Christians being killed reaches us almost daily, especially from the Middle East, just because of their belonging to the Christian religion. These events horrify us. We ask ourselves how it is possible that such things still happen in our days.
It is something truly unacceptable, but perhaps we forget too easily that something similar happened, for example, in Spain, less than one hundred years ago and that among the victims of that persecution many Capuchin friars also figured . . .
It was an extraordinary moment, and those moments call for extraordinary efforts to play a part. While Pope Francis' visit to the US was continually dubbed an 'historical' moment, it will certainly be an important part of the history for our friars in DC and in Philadelphia.
Pictures can only tell part of the story . . .
Here at the novitiate friary in Santa Ynez, CA, we have been able to harvest some of the grapes from our vineyard. Due to the generosity of our friend Louis Lucas, some of the harvest will go toward making wine. Another variety of grapes, however, has undergone different transformation. Br. Frank and some of the novices have been “jammin’,” turning the grapes into a delicious jam, which is especially good on toast with peanut butter (chunky is my choice). Wine and jam are two very different products, yet come from the same source.
Brs. Seba, Manuju, Piotr, Jekson, Francisco
English is so tough to learn because they spell "England," and they pronounce it "Great Britain."
The joke may lose something in the translation from Italian, but it's a standard joke that reflects how tough it is to learn the English language (prounounced 'Inglish," by the way!).
Five friars from our International friary of Graduate Studies, Collegio San Lorenzo, in Rome are spending two months in Washington, DC, attending the LADO School for Language studies in Silver Spring, MD. Their two-month stay is a break from their graduate work in Rome at one of the various international universities found there. All Roman universities require a certain fluency in any number of modern languages to broaden a student's available resources for study and research.
July and August saw new beginnings for the men who have taken another step in their discernment of the Lord's call to follow him as a Capuchin Franciscan friar. Our new novices and postulants are yet another reason to praise God for his call to our way of life.
On July 19, 23 men took on the habit of the Order as they began their novitiate year in Santa Ynez, CA, the location of our inter-provincial novitiate program for the North American and Pacific Capuchin Conference. The men, from among various Provinces of the Conference, included three new brothers of the Capuchin Province of St. Augustine.