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The 2016 Fr. Bill Memorial Golf Outing

Join us this year!
Golf & fun
for a great cause!

       This year’s Fr. Bill Wiethorn Memorial Capuchin Golf Outing will be held on Friday, August 5, 2016, at River Forest Country Club in Freeport, PA.

       Our brother Bill Wiethorn, OFM Cap., was a beloved friar and friend who passed away in October, 2014. The tournament honors the memory of this unforgettable brother & friend, and proceeds from the Capuchin Golf Outing will benefit the Father Bill Wiethorn Scholarship Fund which continues the legacy of Fr. Bill, helping to educate and support the life of those who have heard the call of our Lord & who are beginning their journeys to serve the Church as Capuchin friars.

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The Novices' 2-Month Countdown

Garden2From the lates edition of the Caperone,
the newsletter of
the North American Capuchin Novitiate

       This month we’ve seen a lot of change at the novitiate, in both extraordinary, and in subtle, hardly noticeable ways. We’ve seen the incredible changes that come with Spring and the warmer weather; a plethora of flowers grew scattered across the surrounding hills, more cattle outside the San Lorenzo fence, and sweatier brows during afternoon work projects are some of the more obvious changes.

       Below the surface however, there’s been something else going on, a phenomenon that the formators notice with each class around this time of year: the bonds of fraternity are being made firm.


Scenes from a Holy Week


        The friars of the St. Augustine wish you a blessed and joyous Easter Season! Here is a sample of the friars who checked in with a glimpse of their Holy Week celebrations across our Capuchin Province.


A New Truck for St. John Hospice

Meza TruckDedication

       For St. John's Hospice in Philadelphia, PA, the arrival of a new truck was a reason to rejoice, and our brothers Mike Meza, OFM Cap., Operations Manager for the Hospice (pictured) and John Daya, OFM Cap., were there.  A story from Catholic Philly recounts the event . . .


Leopold and Pio Have Arrived

Pio Leopold 2       Huge crowds gathered in Rome for the veneration of the bodies of our Capuchin saints Leopold Mandic and Pio of Pietrlcina. The bodies of the Italian brothers were brought to Rome earlier in the week from their respective places of repose in Padua and San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, and were venerated in ceremonies marking their arrival in St. Peter Square on Friday night, February 5.  After their repositioning inside the Basilica, authorities had hoped to secure the doors at 11pm, but because of the queues, it was 3am before they were able to accomplish it. 

       The Holy Father has set aside these days to commission a worldwide group of "Missionaries of Mercy." Our brothers Leopold Mandic and Pio of Pietrlcina give witness to the call for Reonciliation through God's Mercy which was a hallmark of both friars' lives. St. Leopold worked in the northern Italian province of Veneto and St. Pio from the southern province of Foggia.


The March for Life before the Blizzard

2016 March14 SMOn Friday, January 22, right before the big snow arrived in Washington DC, friars and friends joined the thousands gathered for the Annual March for LifePer usual, the day began with a Mass in the crypt church of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The day began, as usual, with a Mass offered in the crypt church of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, down the road from our Capuchin friary. The celebrant was Vocation Director Tom Betz, OFM Cap., and the homily was offered by fellow friar John Pavlik, OFM Cap., who works in DC as the Executive Secretary for the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM).


Br. Al Carver is Ordained a Deacon

Ordination3       On January 2, 2016, our brother, Al Carver, OFM Cap., was ordained to the transitional diaconate at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception by Auxiliary Bishop Barry Knestout of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC.

       This time, it was a strictly Capuchin affair with our current deacon friars Brian Stacy, OFM Cap., Juan Antonio Ortíz, OFM Cap., and Rafael Anguiano-Rodriguez, OFM Cap. (all below-right, with Br. Al) having the opportunity to serve during the liturgy.


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