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The CFP 2017-2018

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Kristhian Guillen

Kristhian Guillen
       Kristhian,30, was born in Santa Elena, Usulutan, El Salvador, and came to Washington, DC when he was 17 years old. Kristhian attended Sacred Church staffed by Capuchins and later began serving at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and his love for the Church deepened immensely. When he felt an attraction to serve the Lord full time and for life, he began to discern with the Capuchins and soon decided to enter the CFP to finish college and to prepare himself for a life of ministry and service.

Samuel Hadjis

Samuel Hadjis     Samuel, 21, from Bridgeport, West Virginia, transferred to Borromeo Seminary and John Carroll University from the University of West Virginia."In looking into the Capuchins I realized just how similar St. Francis and I are." Sam has decided to test this attraction to Saint Francis during his time in the CFP.

Pablo Lopez

Pablo Lopez     Pablo, 22, was born in Mexico but grew up and attended high school in Pageland, South Carolina where he opened his own successful photography business. His decision to explore a Capuchin vocation arose when he watched a movie about Padre Pio. "I am ready to take this journey with God. Even when life gets tough and there are obstacles, I know that God became man and faced these same obstacles. As I go forward in life, I am never alone. Entering Capuchin formation is a huge step for me. At this moment, I want to follow my Lord Jesus Christ as a Capuchin friar." 

 Andrew Morken

Andrew Morken     Andrew, 23, hails from Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is a 2016 graduate of Indiana University with a major in finance. "What I love most about Saint Francis is that he was a man of humility. He realized that in order to be first in the kingdom of heaven, we have to put ourselves last while we are on earth. I want to be a witness of hope in a world blanketed in darkness." Drew is following a pre-theology course of study in philosophy and religious studies.

 Ryan Schmeltzer

Ryan Schmeltzer     Ryan, 20, is a high school graduate of Vincentian Academy, in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, PA. His vocation was inspired in part by his membership in Saint Ferdinand Parish (Cranberry Township) which he describes as vibrant. While a HS sophomore, Fr. Scott Seethaler, one of our Capuchin preachers, led a parish mission there. Enthused by friar Scott’s message, he was curious to know more about the Capuchin brotherhood to which the preacher belonged. He looked up the Capuchins online and contacted the vocation office. After several visits to Capuchin friaries and to the Borromeo Capuchin Formation Program, Ryan was confident enough of his attraction to the Capuchin charism to ask for admission to the seminary program. When asked why he feels drawn to the Capuchin Order, Ryan says that Padre Pio’s acceptance of suffering for Christ’sake inspires him. Ryan says, “Jesus tells us to go out and also spread the Gospel to all corners of the globe, and I feel that the Capuchins do just that.

Jacques Chasse

JacqueA      Jacques is 18 years old. He was born and raised in Maine but his family moved to Bluefield WV when he was 16 years old. Jacques has six siblings and obtained his high school diploma as a home schooled student. Jacques met the Capuchins online and became interested in our College program. Jacques will study Philosophy at John Carroll University. When asked what he expects as a future capuchin, Jacques said that “ serving the poor in need and in brotherhood” is what moves him. Jacques has entered our Capuchin program at Borromeo Seminary in Cleveland this year.

Gabriel Newberry

Gabe2     Gabe is 18 years old from Philadelphia PA, where his family still lives and received his high school diploma from Agora Cyber Charter school. Currently, he is majoring in Philosophy at John Caroll University. Another exciting thing to know about Gabe is  that he has entered our Capuchin formation program at Borromeo Seminary in Cleveland this year. When asking Gabriel why he chose to join the Capuchin formation program, he responded by saying, “ I chose the Capuchins because of their humility, piety, love for the Eucharist and their sense of brotherhood,” which is also what he desires in his Capuchin journey.

Jeremy Pérez-Toro

JeremyA      Jeremy is 18 years old. Jeremy was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Jeremy has two siblings. Jeremy earned his high school diploma in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Jeremy has been serving as an altar server and teaching catechism at Santa Teresita which is a Capuchin Parish in Ponce, Puerto Rico. This experience has drawn him to love God’s Church and to follow Him as a Franciscan. Jeremy will study Philosophy at John Carroll University after he finishes one semester of ESL at Tri-C community college. Jeremy has entered our Capuchin program at Borromeo Seminary in Cleveland this year. Jeremy felt the Lord telling him to “ come and follow Him” even if that means to go outside his native homeland.

Sam Roberts

SamR A     Sam is 18 years old from Limerick, PA and has only one sister. Sam is studying Philosophy at John Carroll University and has entered our Capuchin program at Borromeo Seminary in Cleveland this year. Sam came across the Capuchins in Philadelphia when he came to visit Holy Redeemer Parish in Chinatown. Sam has said that “ I chose the Capuchin way of life because everyday is another opportunity to give what I have to someone who needs it."

Ronie Rafael Altejar

RalphA      Raf is 19 years old and was bom in the Philippines. He moved to the States when he was 5 years old. Raf has three siblings and his family lives in Springfield, Virginia. Raf met the Capuchins from DC during his second year at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he studied Biomedical Engineering. He then transferred to our capuchin program at Borromeo Seminary in Cleveland, Ohio. Raf is now double majoring in Philosophy and English at John Carroll University. “ The sacrifice is worth receiving a brown habit and sharing God’s mercy”. Raf has entered to our Capuchin program at Borromeo Seminary in Cleveland this year.


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Capuchin Franciscan Vocation Office   ♦  Rafael Anguiano-Rodriguez, OFM Cap.  ♦  (888)  2 OFMCAP or (888) 263-6227