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.
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 Corriente, OFM Cap., and Brian Wofford, OFM 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.
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, 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.
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 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.
June was a month to remember and cherish for the Capuchin Province of St. Augustine.
In the tradtion established for our brotherhood by our father St. Francis of Assisi, our Provincial elective Chapter was held from May 30- June 3. In Harrisburg, PA, the friars gathered to discuss our life and to elect those who would serve us for the next three years. Br. Tom Betz, OFM Cap., who has served as our Vocation Director, was elected as our new Provincial Minister, and his Council of advisors was also chosen.
On June 11, three of our friars, Brian Stacy, OFM Cap., Rafael Anguiano, OFM Cap. and Juan Antonio Cruz, OFM Cap., were ordained to the priesthood in Pittsburgh, PA, by our Capuchin confrere, Bp. Don Lippert, OFM Cap., now serving as the Bishop of the Mendi Diocese in Papua New Guinea.