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Three Brothers Profess Vows in PNG

       Three novices from our Vice Province of St. Michael in Papua New Guinea professed first vows in the Philippines during the weekend of May 15, 2015.

       Brothers Clement Tarmat, OFM Cap., Joseph Umba, OFM Cap., and Christopher Skoeiwere, OFM Cap., were among the nine young men from three countries who have completed novitiate at St. Felix of Cantalice Friary in the Philippines' Baguio City


Sign of Pentecost

Pentecost 2015

He left us,
and so we locked the doors with double bars,
but not our hearts.
The tomb was layered in darkness,
like a bed mat buried in rugs,
a black and hidden place
that made Easter flash the brighter,
a circle of volcanoes erupting with seas of lava,
like chunks of sun that torched the land,
and burned away the past.


EWTN News: "I'm not a monk - I'm a friar"

       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.

       See Video below..


Caperone: Prayer & Fraternal Life

       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 . . .


Graduations include Cleveland Friar-Pastor

Borromeo Bernier Soldat       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 . . .


Br. Brian Ordained a Deacon

BStacyDiac4       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.


The 'Catholic Guy' invades Borromeo

       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.

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