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Br. Manuel fires up the CFP

       Once a month the friar team of the Capuchin Formation Program (CFP) of Borromeo Seminary in Wicklife, OH, (Frs. Lester Knoll, OFM Cap. and Mick Joyce, OFM Cap.enlists a friar who is asked to give a formation evening on a designated Capuchin Franciscan topic. In the photo above, our brothers Lester (l) and Mick (r) are seated. Standing (from left) are Thomas Lydic, Evan Jamison, Luis Munguia, guest Br. Manuel Avíles, OFM Cap. , Patrick Cordero, Samuel Martinez and Joshua Soldat.  The CFP hosted our brother Manuel the weekend of January 23rd.


We were there for Life

        Annual activities on behalf of Life got off the ground on Wednesday, January 21, in Washington, DC, with a Mass at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception our own Sean Cardinal O’Malley, OFM Cap., as presider. The following day, the day of the March for Life, our Capuchin brothers gathered for their annual Mass to add our presence and prayers to life's precious gift.


Fr. Bernard Finerty, 1935-2015

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Remembering Fr. Bernard

       Our brother Fr. Bernard Finerty, OFM Cap., died on Friday, January 23, 2015, in Cumberland, MD, following several months of rapidly declining health. He was 79.

       He was born on July 31, 1935 to John and Pauline (Dieterle) Finerty, and was baptized 'John Paul Finerty' to reflect both of his parents' names. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Mary Patricia Norton. He leaves to mourn his passing his sister, Carol Sherry, and her husband Jack, his brother Gregory and his wife Mary Ann, and many nieces and nephews.


A new year with a new 'Caperone'

2015 01 CaperCOVER       The new year marks the half-way point for our novices time of discernment through prayer, service and fraternity, and the latest Caperone, their monthly newsletter, is online for your perusal.  Brs. Brenton & David write:

       Here is our first edition of the new year. We'll look back at our Advent and Christmas seasons as well as reflect on our experiences these past six months as Novices.
       Thank you for your prayerful support this year.  Happy New Year to all!

       If you missed the December issue, you still have a chance to read the novices' look at their lives in Ministry & Service.  Check it out!

Theology on Tap travels I-270

 TheoOnTap October2014       Friars descended on Rockville, MD, in Montgomery County on Thursday evening, January 8. Brs. Saúl Soriano, OFM Cap., and Tommy Piolata, OFM Cap., work with the young adult ministry called 270Catholic, no doubt in part referring to Interstate-270 that runs through the county.

     The mission of Theology on Tap is to provide young adults an opportunity to explore issues and topics that relate to faith and life in a casual, fun, low-pressure environment. Speakers from a number of churches, universities, and institutions in the DC-area share their thoughts and experiences on a variety of topics to get the conversations started each month -- all the while enjoying a good beer and a burger (although other foods and drinks are also available)!



We called him Bert,
the local crew of confreres,
to bring him back to life for real
after weeks of adulation
and pampering from Christian Mothers
who whispered with reverence
his name in full:
Father Bertin Roll,
the national director
of the Archconfraternity of Christian Mothers.

If Bert were a salesman,
he would have carried
top honors every month.
He recorded 3000 miles in driving
each month,
addressing parish women’s groups,
convincing them of the spiritual benefits
of the Christian Mothers Archconfraternity,
the mothers praying for one another,
and always for the children, and often,
determined that prayer and example
would imprint what God was making available.


Fr. Bertin Roll, 1916-2015

Bert3   Our brother, Fr. Bertin Roll, OFM Cap., died on Monday, January 5, 2015 at St. Augustine Friary where he resided for over 62 years. Current Minister, Fr. Phil Fink, OFM Cap., reported that Bertin began hospice care on Saturday, January 3. He had lost strength but was generally in good spirits right to the end. He was 98.

   Fr. Bertin was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Helen, and his brothers, George and Bill, and is survived by several nieces and nephews. Born to William and Nora (O’Brien) Roll on October 5, 1916, he was named Raymond and baptized at St. Athanasius Church in Pittsburgh, PA, where he attended the parish grade school. He chose St. Fidelis High School Seminary to follow his young call to the priesthood and entered the Capuchin Franciscan Order in 1936, taking the Religious name Bertin and professing temporary vows on July 14, 1937, at SS. Peter & Paul Friary in Cumberland, MD. The young friar then studied philosophy with the rest of his class at St. Fidelis Monastery in Victoria, KS, and moved to Capuchin College in Washington, DC, for priesthood studies in 1939. Bertin was ordained on May 28, 1942, in DC's Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.


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