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+Emil Fischer & the Cumberland "Monastery"

       +Fr. Emil Fischer, OFM Cap. (1941-2001), narrates this 1988 video exploring SS. Peter & Paul Monastery in Cumberland MD. The video is 'historic' for us: we get a chance to see our brother Emil prior to his untimely passing from us, while we get a look inside of an edifice long-since lost to the wrecking ball. The 'Monastery', as it was called, in Cumberland, MD, was the home of many of our past & present Capuchins in the Province of St. Augustine.

        It's a rare opportunity to enter its walls again. The video quality is not always ideal, but what a treat for those who remember both our brother Emil and some important roots of our provincial life.

Thank You, My Brothers

I raise the prayer of gratitude
for brothers who became the knots
to help set my graces
for those who dared begin,
forever grateful
that God gave the Order
the quester Saint Felix of Cantalice,
still wearing the smell
of cow manure,
he served as advocate
for the newly born Capuchin reform,
with irrefutable evidence
of holy life
and mighty deeds of healing.
Some other Capuchin names
need stronger recalling,
the corps of missionaries
who attained their Shangri-La:


A Capuchin in Georgetown's Lab

       Our brother Diogo Escudero, OFM Cap., spent his summer as a researcher for the Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC. He certainly has the credentials, but, as the article describes, he appears to got along really well because of his "calming, disarming demeanor—plus he is respectful, humble and funny." OK.  That's quite a resume. Oh, he also has a few degrees too, but that's another story.  What follows is an excerpt of the article that recently appeared on the Center's website. We're proud that they highlighted his seldom recognized expertise - and the faith that we share with him.

Faith in the Lab

Most of the research happening at Georgetown University on any given day is taking place at the Medical Center. With more than 400 scientists and 300 active clinical trials, GUMC is home to the university's largest research enterprise. How does the Jesuit, Catholic tradition impact the pursuit of biomedical research on campus? Do religious values overly limit academic freedoms that researchers would have at other secular institutions?


PCO8: The Grace of Working

PCO8 2Brs. Dennis, Michael, Rudolph,
Mark Schennk and Urbano

       Since Monday, October 26, our International Capuchin Brotherhood has been holding the Eighth Plenary Council of the Order (#PCO8) at our International College (San Lorenzo da Brindisi) in Rome.  Our own brothers Dennis Klemash, OFM Cap., and Urbano Vazquez, OFM Cap., have been serving as delegates sent from the North American & Pacific Capuchin Conference (NAPCC).  They're  joined by Rudolph Pieretti, OFM Cap., of the Stigmata Province (photo left), and they're also blessed to be with our brother Michael Thom, OFM Cap., from Papua New Guinea. .  The Plenary Council continues until November 22.

        The topic chosen by our Capuchin General Minister, Mauro Johri, OFM Cap., is "The Grace of Working." By choosing this topic, Br. Mauro and his council have asked the delegates and representatives to consider our vocation of evangelical brotherhood in relation to the work which such a vocation calls us to share.


Caperone: The Novices' Continued Transitus

Chapel       Greetings once again from The Caperone, the newsletter from our Capuchin Novitiate in Santa Ynez, CA!
       A new month means a new issue. We hope you are enjoying the insights that we are offering into our life in novitiate this year.
       In this issue you will find:
  •        Our Formators' Page,
  •        The Transitus of St. Francis,
  •        From the Garden,
  •        Our Life in Novitiate,
  •        Days with the Community,
  •        Friars' FYI & Novice Reflections


"Ready to Give It All"

SpCivWar     Our Capuchin Minister General, Br. Mauro Jöhri, OFM Cap., has issued this Circular Letter to the Order as we celebrate the coming Beatification of our Brothers who were Martyred in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939).

Dear Brothers and Sisters.

      News of Christians being killed reaches us almost daily, especially from the Middle East, just because of their belonging to the Christian religion. These events horrify us. We ask ourselves how it is possible that such things still happen in our days.

      It is something truly unacceptable, but perhaps we forget too easily that something similar happened, for example, in Spain, less than one hundred years ago and that among the victims of that persecution many Capuchin friars also figured . . .


Happy Feast Day - St. Francis of Assisi


Did you tag along, Saint Francis?
How did you manage jet lag?
Your protégé seemed unaffected,
a penitent from Assisi,
surviving on air,
like you at Portiuncula.


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