Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, was a featured speaker at a Catholic University conference on ethics and business for the week of September 21. The Cardinal opted to stay at our friary, 'Capuchin College,' during the conference, and was the main celebrant and homilist for the community Mass at the friary.
As the celebrants vested for Mass on Thursday morning, our brother Paul Dressler, OFM Cap. (to the right in the photo below), invited the Cardinal to preside. We are told that the Cardinal replied, “I don’t want to bump anyone.” Paul told the Cardinal that he was scheduled for the Mass and would be happy 'to be bumped' by the Cardinal.
Cap College's Akolla Etuge, OFM Cap., a US citizen born in Cameroon, was acolyte for the Mass.
Friar Orlando Reyes, OFM Cap., reports that the city of Harrisburg, PA, celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a special Mass on Sunday, September 14, followed by an outdoor festival. Bishop Ronald Gainer was the main celebrant and homilist for the Spanish Mass, marking the 70th anniversary of the diocese’s ministry among the Hispanic communities. Later current Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett made remarks on the Capitol steps. Fr. Orlando and the Governor had a few moments together during the celebration.
Eight great talks were delivered at the Rebuild My Church Capuchin Franciscan Youth Fest on June 26-29, 2014, by four of our Capuchin Friars. They had the goal of inspiring the young people to go and rebuild the Church by addressing a few Church themes (Evangelisation, the Poor, Unity, Mercy and Eucharist), sharing with them some wisdom from St. Francis and from our Franciscan tradition.
Our own Fr. Paul Dressler, OFM Cap., from Capuchin College in Washington, DC, delivered four of the talks; our ex-General Minister, Bishop John Corriveau, OFM Cap., delivered two of the talks; and Australian Provincial Minister Fr. Gary Devery, OFM Cap., and his Vicar Provincial, Fr. Robert Stewart, OFM Cap., delivered the other two.
All eight are available on the Australian Capuchin Province website.
The Capuchin Novitiate Family 2014-2015
The Capuchin novices of North America are now into their third month of the novitiate year in Santa Ynez, CA, and have weighed in with ther first edition of the Caperone, the periodic magazine they publish to let us know what's happening among them.
Our brother Michael Letostak, OFM Cap., died at Sacred Heart Nursing Home in Hyattsville, MD, on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. He was 62.
Born on May 9, 1952, in Enid, Oklahoma, to Edward and Dorothy (Correll), Michael and his family had moved to Columbus, OH, by the time Michael began school at St. Matthias Elementary. In 1970 he graduated from Westerville High School. Michael’s dream to become a teacher led him to Ohio State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1974. He put his degree to use after college.
Eventually Michael decided that he wanted to become a Capuchin Franciscan friar, and in 1984 was invested with the Capuchin habit as a novice. One year later, on July 13, 1985, Br. Michael professed first vows, and on July 29, 1989, he promised to live as a Capuchin friar for the rest of his life.
Our brother John Paul Kuzma, OFM Cap., was ordained to the transitional diaconate on Saturday, September 6, at 10AM in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception by DC Auxiliary Bishop Barry Knestout. John Paul finished his theological studies in May and made his perpetual vows in August. It's been a busy time for celebrations for him and his family who were able to join him in both Pittsburgh and Washington, DC, for the two events.
John Paul moves on to his internship assignment, ministering as a deacon, to Our Lady of the Mountains Parish in Cumberland, MD, where our Capuchin brothers Greg Chervenak, Greg Brown, Steve Fernandes and Bernard Finerty minister. We're sure that they'll show him how things are done and that Br. John Paul will prove a great addition to the staff there.
Some pictures of the event follow the jump . . .
The Academic Year 2014-15 began in earnest on Tuesday, September 2, at John Carroll University in Cleveland. Five young men resumed their classes while one began his first semester there. All of them are residents at Borromeo Seminary in Wickliffe, OH, where our Capuchin Formation Program (CFP) allows them the opportunity to live in community and discern their vocations as Capuchin Franciscan friars.