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Greatest/Least

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.

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Our Brother Bill Wiethorn

Funeral Mass and Burial
Monday, October 13

You stumbled, Bill, as often,
and Abba caught you,
coming to hospice to say goodbye
and you barely waved one last time,
your posts in life were often similar,
appearing without training,
with friends to carry you through,
like theologians for trusting companions
when deciphering Vatican II,
directing confreres of English tongue
around the world,
with smile enough to span the globe,
a rainbow smile
that danced and sang in one exhilaration.

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'Tis the Season

You don’t know him, but Brother André owes you something.
And every day he strives to repay his debt to you.

VideoShotBr. 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.

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Friar Hermits' Thanks-giving

1Dennis       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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Capuchin Café brings a crowd

VIDEO added below

       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.

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Setting York on Fire

      St. Joseph Parish in York once again hosted Fan the Fire (FTF), hosting more than 600 teens and leaders on Saturday, November 15. FTF is “a one day event designed to reach out to teens and help them to either deepen their relationship with Christ or discover it for the first time."

Lofo1       The day consisted of a dynamic host, high-quality music, talented local, regional and national  Catholic Youth speakers, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Confessions, celebration of Mass, a concert, dinner and a lot more as seen by the video below.

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DC Friars welcome new Franciscans

       On Saturday, November 15, the St. Francis Community of the Secular Franciscan Order celebrated the profession of their newest members during a Mass celebrated at Capuchin College in Washington, DC. Local Minister Janice Benton, OFS, received the professions of the newest Franciscans, Arlyn Sweeney and Michele Thiec. Theresa Armstrong, OFS, and Dee Calisto, OFS, were their respective sponsors and supports during their Franciscan formation. Lolita Jardeleza, community Formation Director witnessed the Professions on behalf of the community family.
 

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