Recruiting the heroes of the Mystical Body
through mortal remains recalling deeds
Capuchin Saint Leopold Mandić
and Capuchin Saint Pio of Pietrelcina,
will be placed in honor as models of mercy,
ministering within confessional stations,
for the Capuchin Mercy ceremony
at Saint Peter’s Basilica of mercy.
Not relics only, but bodies respond,
as though ready to begin again,
these heroes of the confessional,
inspiring Capuchins and directing them
to lead the priests of the world
on a crusade of Mercy.
From the latest edition of the Novitiate's Caperone:
This month’s dominating feature at the Novitiate was definitely the four day pilgrimage to San Francisco, but January was unique in another way as well: it was a month of birthdays.
We celebrated the birthdays of novice brothers Vince, Steve, Christopher, and Rigo, and our beloved Br. Lance. We also celebrated the birthday of Fr. Alejandro. That was truly a special day. Alejandro has been a great example to us these past six months. His determination to get up each morning to concelebrate the Mass every day without fail is an inspiring model of his Capuchin fortitude and an unceasing dedication to live out his priestly vocation on a daily basis. We have no excuse to grumble out of bed in the morning when Fr. Alejandro, with his physical difficulties, makes it every day for Mass, eager to participate in yet another liturgy . . .
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.
On Friday, January 22, right before the big snow arrived in Washington DC, friars and friends joined the thousands gathered for the Annual March for Life. Per 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).
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.
Our brother Thomas Choi, OFM Cap., has begun 2016 with a fresh start and a new adventure. He arrived in Papua New Guinea in December, 2015, to take up his new assignment among the friars and people there. In the following article, Thomas shares his thoughts with us as he embarks on this new dimension of service in his life.
I left my home in Korea back in 2006 on a mission to embrace my sense that God was calling me to be a Capuchin friar in the Province of St. Augustine Province—in this faraway place called the United States of America.
In a real sense, I felt like a missionary from the first day I stepped foot on American soil and began living in the predominantly Spanish-speaking Sacred Heart Friary of Washington DC: it was a new language (indeed, two languages: English and Spanish), new food, new customs, new people — a totally new and somewhat foreign life.
Brs. André, Paul, Akolla and Matt
It looks like dreams of a 'White Christmas' came true for some of the friars at Capuchin College in DC, despite the warm winter temperatures. They got a chance to see the White House all decorated for the Christmas season.