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Word from the Novices

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.


Br. Michael Letostak, 1952-2014


       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.


Br. John Paul Ordained as Deacon

       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 . . . 


Borromeo CFP Begins Again

       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.


Faces from a Picnic

       Now that Labor Day has signalled the end of summmer fun, you might enjoy the friar-faces from this year's Friars' Picnic that happened on Friday, August 22 in North Park (Allison Park, PA).  The annual event took place the day before the celebration of the Perpetual Profession of our brothers John Paul, Roshan and Raphael (see article).

       The Cap Corps Volunteers (fresh from their orientation weekend!) and the new Postulants (fresh from their initiation cermony at 7:00am that morning!) were able to join the friars gathered from throughout the Province.  Some shots of the fun & faces follow . . . .


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

Read Fr. Bonaventure's dreams for our brothers.

       On Saturday, August 23, in St. Augustine Church, Pittsburgh, PA, our Brothers John Paul, Roshan and Rafael professed their vows of poverty, chastity and obedience for a lifetime (called "perpetual profession").  The photos are in -- and you can see them here


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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