Our friars at from the fraternity of Cap College in Washington, DC, hosted their 'Capuchin Cafe' (affectionately called 'Capuchin Cafe 3.0') on Saturday, April 18. In order to provide more space for a larger gathering, the event changed locations from our friary to St. Anthony's Church near Catholic University. Vocation Director and Philadelphia Pastor, Fr. Tom Betz, OFM Cap., was the preacher during the opening Eucharistic devotion, and Brs. Al Carver, OFM Cap., Ross Henley, OFM Cap., Brian Stacy, OFM Cap., Tommy Piolata, OFM Cap., and Keon Tu, OFM Cap., led the singing, supported by melodious members of our DC Cap Corps Volunteers.
Our friars of Capuchin College in Washington opened their chapel, recreation and dining rooms to the men from other Franciscan communities in the area for an evening together during spring break in early March.
Spearheaded by four friends and classmates, Brs. Rafael Anguiano OFM Cap.; John Aherne OFM; Vincent Yeager TOR; and Emmanuel Vasconcelos OFMConv., a large group of brothers met for Mass, socializing and dinner. Representatives of the Holy Land Franciscans were also present for the event.
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On Wednesday evening family and friends filled the chapel of St. Augustine to over-flowing for the Vigil of Prayer for +Phil Fink, OFM Cap., who passed away last Saturday. Leon Leitem, OFM Cap., Vicar of the fraternity of St. Augustine, led the reflections by pointing to Phil’s courage and life of service. A number of others shared their memories of Phil, including a woman who eloquently thanked him for the compassion and support he offered to mothers and fathers at Rachel Vineyard Ministries’ retreats.
Throughout the day of visitation and again at the funeral, family and friends were joined by former students who were taught and guided by Phil throughout the years. Many women religious, especially Sisters of St. Joseph and Franciscan Sisters of Milvale, were well-represented among the mourners at the vigil and funeral Mass.
Capuchin Friar Bishop Paul Hinder, OFM Cap., former General Councilor of the Order from the Province of Switzerland, alerts us about the current crisis in Yemen through an Interview with Vatican Radio:
(Vatican Radio) In recent days the fights between armed groups in the area around the city of Sana, in Yemen, have intensified, and civilians, mostly women and children are the victims. As the fights between armed groups intensify, aid workers fear for their lives and are pulled out by their organizations.
The Catholic Church in the United Arab Emirates, Oman & Yemen' does its very best to continue to be a good shepherd to its flock in this dark hour of the Arabian Peninsula. The Apostolic Vicariate of Arabia goes back to 1888 and was originally established by the Capuchin Franciscans of Lyons, France. Today around 55 priests and 60 sisters, assisted by trained volunteer catechists, serve around 1 million Catholics in the Vicariate.
In this month's International Capuchin Newsletter:
Two Capuchin friars, Frs. Francis Sabir, OFM Cap., and Qaisar Feroz, OFM Cap., assisted the dead and the wounded after a bombing outside of a Catholic church in Lahore, Pakistan.
Our Pakistani brothers continually face threats from extremist groups as they work with the people to fight the violence and the troublesome 'blasphemy' laws which being untold convictions for the Christian population there. Here is a news account of the bombings from March 15, 2015, followed by photos sent by our brothers Francis and Qaisar.
The pictures at the end of the article are graphic. Please pray and work for peace among the men and women of the region, and support the work of our brothers with your continued knowledge and compassion for their very difficult situation. Like Francis and Qaisar, we cannot turn away our faces from the violence.
Our brother, Francisco Lopez, OFM Cap., was recently featured in John Carroll University’s magazine. Francisco is an alum of the Cleveland university which he attended while a student in the Capuchin Formation Program of Borromeo Seminary in Wickliffe, OH.
The article focused on four alumni who have pursued a vocation to Religious Life. Francisco traces his call to Capuchin life to a card he received from a friend. It was from the Seraphic Mass Association and included a prayer to St. Anthony. Francisco looked at the back of the card and heard about Capuchins for the first time. The rest is history:
One of eight children, Br. Lopez, who was born in the Dominican Republic, spent 14 years there before coming to the U.S. to live in Massachusetts. That’s where his grandmother first came years previously and where he went to high school.
“I’ve always wanted to go to a Jesuit school,” Lopez says. “My father sent me to a private school in the Dominican Republic, but it wasn’t a Catholic school.”