Our friars in formation continue their discernemnt at our St. Francis Friary in Washington, DC -- also known as "Capuchin College," a name which has 'stuck' through the generations, even though the friars study at Catholic University or other schools in the metro area.
Their stories are accounts of God's action in their lives - an action which will appear much like the human stories they are. God was at work, drawing them from various various walks of life and with various talents and interests, to become part of our Capuchin brotherhood.
A long-time friend and sister to our Capuchin Brothers in Washington, DC, Barbara Dolan was received as an Affiliate of the Province of St. Augustine at the St. Francis Day Mass (October 4) of the 'Capuchin College' fraternity there.
Guardian Paul Dressler, OFM Cap., spoke that "Barb has been more faithful to our prayer life than certain friars--especially the current guardian. Moreover, Barb has supported the friars in many other ways--whether it's offering tutoring to second language friars, providing rides when needed, listening to friars looking for a maternal ear or tending to flowers in our garden -- Barb has been generously there."
On October 5, our bishop brother Bill Fey, OFM Cap., Bishop in the Diocese of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, was in Rome to participate in a special gathering of Anglican and Catholic bishops to mark the 50th anniversary of the Catholic/Anglican dialogue. Our confrere sent along a photo (from L'Osservatore Romano?) as he shook hands with Pope Francis only 3 days before the nomination of the new cardinals for the November consistory which included Archbishop John Ribat of the Archdiocese Port Moresby, PNG, where our friars live and work and where Bishop Bill taught philosophy and theology before his appointment as Bishop in Kimbe.
The DC area Transitus Celebration was held at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land Commissariat on Quincy Street in northeast Washington. The Transitus is an annual Franciscan remembrance of the evening in October 3, 1226, when our Father St. Francis of Assisi made his "transitus" ("pass over") from death into new life. The feast of our patron is celebrated on October 4 as the sunset determined the 'new day' in the medieval world.
Our brother Steve Wright, OFM Cap., appears to have encountered an unexpected visitor below.
Our Provincial Minister, Tom Betz, OFM Cap., had the opportunity to visit and meet with the brothers in our Custody of Puerto Rico (formerly known as "Vice Provinces"). Tom also paid a visit to the Poor Clare Nuns of Cidra, PR, who were assisted by the friars in the building of their new monastery.
Among the friars of the Custody, there are four brothers from the 'mainland' who minister among the people there.