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Was Winter really that long ago?

In February, the Cap Corps Volunteers traveled from the posts in Washington, DC, and from Cleveland, OH, to meet in Salisbury, PA, where the friars have their Alverno Retreat House in the Allegheny Mountains. The retreats in the Fall and Winter are an important part of the program to build community and to share experiences in the years of serve.

Br. Al Carver, OFM Cap., a friar-deacon in preparation for his priesthood ordination, provided an opportunity for the volunteers to reflect on their experiences in ministry and the impact it's had on them.


MonahanWhite       Br. Patrick Monahan, OFM Cap. (left), is the Local House Director for the Cleveland Cap Corps Community. His full time ministry is at “Maguire Memorial Home,” in Beaver County, PA, teaching adults with physical and mental disabilities. He also serves as Provincial Spiritual Assisitant to the Secular Francisans. He lives at St.Fidelis Friary in Beaver, PA.

       Br. Phil White, OFM Cap. (right),  is the Local House Director for the DC Cap Corps Community. Br. Phil is in his third year of theology studies for the priesthood at Catholic University in DC and lives at Cap College there. He made his perpetual vows as a Capuchin in August, 2015.


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       Cap Corps is fundamentally based on four pillars: Franciscan spirituality, service, community living and simplicity. The two most memorable experiences that I have had so far remind me of our year-long commitment to God, each other, and this way of living.

              It would be easy to tell you about every moment of the day that we spent preparing for, experiencing, and reflecting on Pope Francis’ visit to D.C. Out of respect for your time, I will stick with describing my most memorable feeling:


Margaret       It brings me great joy to walk with another group of Cap Corps Volunteers. This 22nd class puts us just over 200 volunteers who have served with Cap Corps since the program began in 1993. It’s a highly motivated group, and their commitment to service, simplicity, prayer, and intentional community is strong. They are fully embracing the experience with all of its highs and lows -- understanding the growth that lies in the challenges and appreciating the nourishment from the joys . . . .


by Amber Johnson
Cap Corps 2015-2016

Amber JohnsonAmber Johnson is a graduate of John Carroll University. Her placement is at Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services in Cleveland.

Tuesday is my prayer night in our community in the Cleveland house. I work as a Patient Advocate/Health Care Coordinator at the Migration and Refugee Services of Catholic Charities. In the Fall, I decided to mention the refugee crisis and incorporate the struggles of these modern-day individuals and compare their plight to those found in various passages of the Bible.

The first verse I mentioned was Exodus 14:1-14.  In this passage, God convinces Pharaoh to let the Israelites go free. Soon after Pharaoh sends them on their way, he changes his mind and sends waves of men on chariots to chase after the Israelites, which are swept away by the sea during their pursuit.  This is many ways is very similar to what is going on in our world today.


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  1. Fall Getaway at Alverno
  2. We're Published!
  3. Reflections on Pope Francis' Visit
  4. CapCorps Board Meeting

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