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Meet the Novices for 2016-17

2016 08 Caperone       The wait is over. Meet the Novices in this first edition of the 2016-17 Caperone . It's the monthly newsletter from the NAPCC (North American/Pacific Capuchin Conference) in Santa Ynez, CA. 

       Our own new brother Edgar Pereira seems to be well, and the new editors, Vince Carrasco (St. Conrad Province) and Joe Babcock (St. Joseph Province) obviously know a little about desktop publishing: the issue is chock-full of photos.


" . . . all the days of my life."

7 Professed       On Saturday, August 20, five Capuchin brothers made their perpetual vows to live "in obedience, without anything of my own and in chastity." The festive Mass was celebrated at St. Augustine Church in Pittsburgh, PA.

       The five friars making their 'solemn' profession were (front) Akolla Etuge, OFM Cap.Reynaldo Frías-Santana, OFM Cap., (back) Tage Danielson, OFM Cap.Carlos García-Cruz, OFM Cap., and Andrew McCarty, OFM Cap.

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Discernment Weekend Draws a Crowd

       It was another great turnout for an Alverno Discernment Weekend in August.  Our brothers Rafa Anguiano, OFM Cap., and Tom Betz, OFM Cap., were ably assisted by Brs. Alex Hostoffer, OFM Cap., Andrew CorrienteOFM Cap., and Brian WoffordOFM Cap., who arrived in Salisbury, PA, and our Alverno Retreat house outside of town, to lead 16 young men discerning a call to the Religious Life as a Capuchin Friar.

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Golf Outing 2016 Helped Us All

Golf Group1       Friday, August 5th was a clear, sunny day for the annual Capuchin Golf Outing at River Forest Country Club. More than 120 golfers were in attendance to help raise funds for the Fr. Bill Wiethorn Scholarship Fund, which supports our ever-increasing expenses for the education and formation of our Capuchin friar students.

       This year’s event raised an all-time high of $30,000 for the scholarship fund, thanks to the tremendous participation of the golfers, sponsors and donors for this annual gathering.


Fr. DePaul Ripko, 1926-2016

DePaul2       Fr. DePaul Ripko, OFM Cap., died on July 29, 2016, in Pittsburgh, PA. He was 89.

       He was born on September 10, 1926 in Nižná Myšľa in eastern Slovakia. At the time of his birth, the village was a part of what was then "Czechoslovakia." His parents, Joseph and Elizabeth (Potocky). gave him the name Anthony at his baptism; he would be their only child.

       Anthony and his mother emigrated to the United States in 1937 and settled in Slovan, PA. They were members of Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Burgettstown, and Anthony attended the public elementary school in Slovan.


Three Brothers Profess their Vows

2016 TEMPProf01       On Saturday, July 16, 2016, our brothers Rigobel Azanwi, OFM Cap., Stephen Wright, OFM Cap., and Theo Simatupang, OFM Cap., professed the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in the presence of our Provincial Minister, Tom Betz, OFM Cap., and the friars, friends and families who were present for the celebration.



The Novices Head toward Vows

2016 07 Caperone

The novices have left their 'nest'
of the novitiate in Santa Ynes, CA,
and all of the brothers are headed
to their respective Provinces
to profess their first vows
as Capuchin Franciscans.

You can download their final edition of the Caperone,
the monthly novitiate newsletter,
and find out where all of the newest friars are headed from here. 

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