UPDATED with photos 07/21/2015
Our brothers David Domanski, OFM Cap., Alex Hostoffer, OFM Cap., Andrew Corriente, OFM Cap., and André Repucci, OFM Cap. (above) professed their first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience as Capuchin friars on Saturday morning, July 18, at Mt. Alvernia Chapel in Milvale (Pgh), PA.
Provincial Minister David Nestler, OFM Cap., received their vows.
See photos of the event below.
On Saturday, July 11, in Philadelphia, PA, Jack's Yacs (Young Adult Catholics) Group organized a "Light the City" event modeled on the one in the Washington, DC, Archdiocese. "Light the City" is a street evangelizing effort. After a Mass celebrated by our brother Tom Betz, OFM Cap., the Blessed Sacrament was exposed for adoration.
There were at least 75 volunteers helping in the music ministry and in street evangelization where they went out to meet and greet passersby along the way. The mission of the disciples to go out two-by-two just happened to be the weekend's Sunday Gospel . . . which was hardly a coincidence.
Taking the Gospel to parishes in our Capuchin Province of St. Augustine , four friar students are living out of back-packs and a van for the summer. Reports have it that they are making quite the impact on the young and old and in-beween’s. Seeing the enthusiasm and participation evoked by the missionaries, one parish friar remarked that “I am very impressed with these guys.”
Our novices are now professed. The brothers from the Provinces of the North American & Pacific Capuchin Conference have returned to their home friaries and made their vows of poverty, chastity and obedience at various dates in the month of July.
You can see those dates and read how the friars sum up their own novitiate experience in the final edition of the Caperone for the 2014-15 novitiate year.
The Catholic Spirit, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Wheeling/Charleston, WV, published a salute of thanksgiving to our brothers who have served in the Diocese for more than a century. That salute was a full two-page tribute to their graciousness and appreciation for the service of our fraternity with the names of 170 of our friars. The Province of St. Augustine, in turn, thanks the people of the Diocese for enriching us through their goodness and hospitality throughout the years. May they continue to bring the Gospel to Life as we promise them our prayers and our memories of the faithful men who have found a 'home' among them.
On Sunday, June 14, 2015, a Vespers Service will be celebrated at St. Anthony Church in Charleston, WV, to celebrate and remember the years of service and fraternity which our Province has been privileged to share in the Diocese of Wheeling/Charleston, WV. This article appeared in Charleston’s local newspaper, The Daily Mail. We will be highlighting that Vespers Service in the coming days.
By Charlotte Ferrell Smith
Photos: Bob Wojcieszak
After more than a century of ministry and service to West Virginia, the Capuchin friars are leaving the Mountain State this month. Vows as Capuchin friars require they live together in community as brothers, sharing a prayer life and meals. A minimum of three brothers is necessary to fulfill this supportive environment.
Join us for some golf & fun
for a great cause!
This year’s Fr. Bill Wiethorn Memorial Capuchin Golf Outing will be held on Friday, August 7, 2015, at River Forest Country Club in Freeport, PA.
Our brother Bill Wiethorn, OFM Cap., was a beloved friar who passed away in October, 2014. This year’s tournament honors the memory of this unforgettable brother & friend. Proceeds from this year’s Capuchin Golf Outing will benefit the Father Bill Wiethorn Scholarship Fund. This fund continues the legacy of Fr. Bill, helping to educate those who have heard the call of our Lord & who will serve Him as Capuchin friars.