On Sunday, July 20, the eve of the feast of St. Lawrence of Brindisi, the patron of the novitiate friary in Santa Ynez, CA, seventeen postulants for the NAPCC novitiate (North American & Pacific Capuchin Conference) gathered in the chapel with their formators and friars from their respective Provinces for Evening Prayer and the Order's Rite of Reception (Investiture).
With a very good showing of friars on Satuday, July 19, our Provincial Minister David Nestler, OFM Cap., accepted the first vows of (from left in photo above) Diogo Escudero, Ross Henley, Francisco Lopez, Thomas Piolata, Saul Soriano, Qiang Tu and Brian Wolford. The chapel of Mt. Alvernia in Millvale, PA, the home of our sisters in St. Francis, was filled with friars, families, friends and our wonderful sister-hosts.
The festive occasion kicked off the evening before with a family and friars dinner at Our Lady of the Angels parish hall in Lawrenceville. There were about 150 people for the social and repast. Friars from around the world were present, not only the brothers of our province but of other provinces, thanks to the friars studying English at Cap College in Washington DC.
Our brother, Fr. Ed Laurent, OFM Cap., died on July 15, 2014, at Villa de Marillac in Pittsburgh, PA, one day after celebrating his 83rd Birthday. A member of the St. Augustine Fraternity in Pittsburgh, PA, Fr. Ed, at his request, was taken to UPMC Shadyside Hospital on Friday, July 11, remaining there over the weekend. His doctor decided that he would benefit from physical and occupational therapy at nearby Villa De Marillac where he was transferred on his birthday.
The 2014 Capuchin Classic Golf Outing is happening again this year! Come join us on Friday, August 1, 2014, at the River Forest Country Club in Freeport, PA. Foursomes, single golfers and sponsorships are still available. The event includes 18 holes of golf, cart, full breakfast and lunch, skill prizes and raffles.
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Paul Dressler, OFM Cap., recently journeyed to Australia to participate in CapFest, a young adult Capuchin convention organized and sponsored by our brother Capuchins there. He reports that all went well and sent us the above photo with some of the participants.
Our custody of Puerto Rico has welcomed two novices into our life who recently received the Capuchin habit as they begin their year of novitiate to discern the Lord's call. Pictured above are their Novice Director, Prosper Arciniegas, OFM Cap., novices Orlando Cruz, OFM Cap., and Gabriel Juarbe, OFM Cap., and Roberto Martinez, OFM Cap., the Custos (Minister) of the friars of Puerto Rico.