Saturday’s sepulcher of faith
found the millstone
obstructing its opening
set aside,
not necessary for one
who walked through walls,
unlike Lazarus,
recalled in time
to another tomb.


Caperone: Assisi in California


       The Feb-Mar 2014 issue of the Caperone has just been printed.  This month's issues follows the Novices to a California replica of the Portiuncula, the Church of St. Mary of the Angels near Assisi, which has been recreated in San Francisco as part of the official "Franciscan" home in the US.  Their visits also include some Camaldolese Monks, some Carmelite Nuns, and a soccer match with the "Juan Diego House of Discernment."  All that AND a visit from our former General Minister and now Bishop John Corriveau, OFM Cap., of the Diocese of Nelson, BC, Canada, who addressed issues on the International level of the Capuchin Order.


BICI: Capuchin News beyond our Province

This month on the International scene:

  • the Papal Preacher Rainiero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., offers his thoughts on the benefts of Retreats ('Spiritual Exercises')
  • our General Minister Mauro Jöhri, OFM Cap., is named by Pope Francis to serve on the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (our Sean Cardinal O'Malley, OFM Cap., already serves on the Congregation)
  • Br. Mauro also blesses a generator (?)
  • Br. Mark Schenk, OFM Cap., English-speaking General Councilor, is present in Ethiopia for the opening of a new Capuchin school
  • the Order's Justice, Peace and Respect for Creation Commission meets
  • and much more . . .  all available in April's BICI from the General Curia (headquarters) in Rome.  


Postulants Highlighted in Philly News

     The following article appeared in the March 26, 2014 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer.  Written by contributor Stu Bykofsky, it highlights his interview with two of our newest candidates for the Order who are spending their Postulancy year in Philadelphia at St. Pio Friary.  His interview with them took place after a Mass at St. John the Evangelist Parish in midtown which is administered by our Capuchin community.

The God Squad

CorrienteMASS HAD just ended at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Center City when Friar John Daya, in his Franciscan brown robe, invited a young man to the altar.

Short of stature, but big of heart, the young man told the congregation about his work at St. Joan of Arc in hard-times Harrowgate, a section of Kensington. That's where he spends his mornings, helping to feed the poor by working in a "humble" food pantry, he said.  

He had me at "humble. . . " 



Fr. Kevin is the 2014 'Distinguished Centurion'



       Friar Kevin Thompson, OFM Cap., currently the Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart Parish in Washington, DC, and a member of our fraternity there, will be recognized as the “2014 Distinguished Centurion” by the Alumni Association of Greensburg Central Catholic High School from which he graduated in 1976.


On Tap: Our Brother Paul Dressler

Our brother Paul Dressler, OFM Cap., addressed the DC Young Adult Ministry's Theology on Tap Series: "A Church that is Poor & for the Poor". His talk was on "Simplicity and Spiritual Freedom". During the presentation, he shared about those poor whom he met and the ways in which the encounters have impacted his life


Cap Corps Volunteer on EWTN

The EWTN News did a story about the Catholic Volunteer Network and the positive effects of post-grad service. Our own Cap Corps Volunteer, Izzi Hernandez-Cruz, is featured in the segment!


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