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Sacred Heart reaches out in El Salvador

Fr. Moisés Villalta, OFM Cap., Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Washington, DC, sent us word of a recent trip to his home country with members of his parish community. He writes:

“The Missionaries of St. Francis of Assisi, a group from our parish here in Washington, have just returned from its third mission trip to El Salvador. This time we were accompanied by our brothers Fr. Urbano Vasquez, OFM Cap., and Br. Juan Antonio Ortiz, OFM Cap. The mission was accompished in response to our beloved Pope Francis' invitation ‘to go and evangelize all people and to be in a continual state of conversion.’

"The mission is in the most remote territory of El Salvador, in the area called Morazán - north of St. Miguel.

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Major Superiors meet in Pittsburgh

The Conference of Major Superiors of Men met in Pittsburgh last weekend.  Our brother John Pavlik, OFM Cap., CMSM Executive Director,  was on all cylinders for the meeting.

Above is a shot of the Capuchin representatives at the annual event.  From left: Brs. Andrew McCarty, Francis Gasparik (New York/New England Province, Provincial), John Pavlik, Bishop John Corriveau (former Minister General & now Bishop of Nelson, BC, Canada), David Nestler (our Minister Provincial), Reynaldo Frias-Santana, Tage Danielson, Michael Marigliano (NY/NE Province) Matt Hindelang and Juan Antonio Ortiz

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Br. James returns from Tanzania

Arriving at Dulles airport, on Sunday afternoon, August 3, Br. James Watson, OFM Cap., was greeted (and photographed!) by Fr. Paul, the guardian of his home friary, Cap College in Washington, DC. Emailing the Province prior to James' arrival, here’s what Tanzania's Provincial Minister, Wolfgang Pisa, OFM Cap., writes about James’ departure from the east African nation:

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Welcome to our New Postulants!

       A new year of postulancy has begun. and our brothers Frank Yacobi, OFM Cap., and Bonaventure Nwokike, OFM Cap., spent a week in late July to orient our new arrivals at our retreat home of Alverno in Salisbury, PA. We welcome the new 'postulants' (candidates) who will live with the community at Padre Pio Friary in Philadelphia, PA, as they discern the Lord's call to our Capuchin life.

       The new postulants, pictured above, are:

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Seven Friars profess First Vows

       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) Ross Henley, Francisco Lopez, Diogo Escudero, Thomas Piolata, Qiang (Keon) Tu, Brian Wolford and Saul Soriano. 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.

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The Novitiate Year Begins

       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). 

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Tribute to a Christian Mother

     The office for the Archconfraternity of Christian Mothers has published its latest Newsletter online. All the bulleting are available to you from our recently redone pages for them (and now available on your iPhones, Androids and Tablets). 

     In the latest issue, Fr. Angelus, the Director of the Christian Mothers, pays tribute to Rosie Lee Gil who passed away after a life lived in love and dedication to the Lord Jesus, "Our Mother, Our Light and Inspiration":

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