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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 . . . .

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". . . 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

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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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Major Superiors meet in Pittsburgh

The Conference of Major Superiors of Men met in Pittsburgh last weekend.  Our brother John Pavlik, OFM Cap., CMSM Executive Director,  was on all cylinders for the meeting.

Above is a shot of the Capuchin representatives at the annual event.  From left: Brs. Andrew McCarty, Francis Gasparik (New York/New England Province, Provincial), John Pavlik, Bishop John Corriveau (former Minister General & now Bishop of Nelson, BC, Canada), David Nestler (our Minister Provincial), Reynaldo Frias-Santana, Tage Danielson, Michael Marigliano (NY/NE Province) Matt Hindelang and Juan Antonio Ortiz

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Br. James returns from Tanzania

Arriving at Dulles airport, on Sunday afternoon, August 3, Br. James Watson, OFM Cap., was greeted (and photographed!) by Fr. Paul, the guardian of his home friary, Cap College in Washington, DC. Emailing the Province prior to James' arrival, here’s what Tanzania's Provincial Minister, Wolfgang Pisa, OFM Cap., writes about James’ departure from the east African nation:

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Welcome to our New Postulants!

       A new year of postulancy has begun. and our brothers Frank Yacobi, OFM Cap., and Bonaventure Nwokike, OFM Cap., spent a week in late July to orient our new arrivals at our retreat home of Alverno in Salisbury, PA. We welcome the new 'postulants' (candidates) who will live with the community at Padre Pio Friary in Philadelphia, PA, as they discern the Lord's call to our Capuchin life.

       The new postulants, pictured above, are:

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Seven Friars profess First Vows

       With a very good showing of friars on Satuday, July 19, our Provincial Minister David Nestler, OFM Cap., accepted the first vows of (from left in photo above) Ross Henley, Francisco Lopez, Diogo Escudero, Thomas Piolata, Qiang (Keon) Tu, Brian Wolford and Saul Soriano. The chapel of Mt. Alvernia in Millvale, PA, the home of our sisters in St. Francis, was filled with friars, families, friends and our wonderful sister-hosts.

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