And who says Mardi Gras is over? This just into the Webpage: the Saturday night Mardi Gras celebration of St. Ambrose parish community, Baltimore, featuring Pastor Paul Zaborowski, OFM Cap., and a group of friar students from Capuchin College in Washington, DC. Enjoy! (Don't miss the octegenarian Religious sister from New Orleans with the umbrella in traditional hat as she leads our festive friars marching in . . . )
Here are just some of the highlights in this month's issue of our International Newsletter, BICI -- we Capuchins are a brotherhood of over 10,000 men throughout the world - and all of us rely on your prayers and support to continue our work to allow the Gospel message of God's goodness to shine. Here are just a few of the places where that light is shining brightly . . . . especially in darkness.
The following article is reprinted from the recent edition of the International newsletter in hopes that more people will see the circumstances in which our brothers are living and working in the Central African Republic. It was written by our brother Benedykt Paczka, OFM Cap., and as graphic as the account appears, we know that it is just a small part of what our brothers are experiencing daily. Please read it: knowledge can only help us to expand our hearts and broaden our prayers.
NZAKOUN, Central African Republic - On February 3, 2014, (around midnight) there arrived 15 motorcycles and 16 cars full of men of the Seleka group at Nzakoun, all were armed. They entered the city and began to shoot in the air. The people were asleep. Those who heard the shots ran off into the bush. Panic broke out. Those who had no time to flee were killed without pity.
Our brother, Fr. Francisco García Cervera, OFM Cap., former Custos (Minister) to our friars of the custody of St. John the Baptist, Puerto Rico, died suddenly on February 27, 2014, in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.
Friar Francisco was born in Cuba on June 11, 1947. He was baptized on his first feast day, October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, founder and patron of the Order to which he would later belong.
For the weekend of February 21-23, the Capuchin students from Borromeo's CFP (Capuchin Formation Program) made a Pilgrimage to the Venerable Solanus Casey Center and St. Bonaventure Friary in Detroit, together with their formators, Frs. Mick Joyce, OFM Cap., and Lester Knoll, OFM Cap. They report that the friars of St. Bonaventure Friary, especially Pat McSherry, OFM Cap., were most welcoming to them. St. Bonaventure's is the location of the home of and the shrine of Servant of God Solanus Casey, OFM Cap.
. . well, ONE Cap Corps volunteer braved the frigid January temperatures to do the "polar bears thing" for an amused (and bundled-up) group of admirers (and naysayers).
This was the Cap Corps community's second opportunity to gather together from their residences in Cleveland and DC for a weekend of reflection, fun, prayer and community building.
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