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The Latest CapContact

       The Fall 2014 edition of the CapContact lets you inside of our formation programs as we prepare to become 'Ambassadors for Christ.'  You'll also get a chance to meet our newest candidates, the 'Postulants,' who've taken that first step to examine their call to live among us and become Capuchin friars.

       Download the issue here.

Discernment at our Hermitage

2014 HermitagVoc       St. Francis Friary in Pittsburgh was the place for yet another gathering for those discerning vocations to the Religious life on Monday, September 22, 2014.

       Five men were present with the friars: three from Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH, one high school junior from Central Catholic HS in Pittsburgh, PA, and an adult youth minister from the Diocese of  Pittsburgh. The  evening consisted of prayer, a simple meal of soup and bread and lively conversation about the place and practice of prayer in daily life. Friars present were Brs. Tom Betz (seated, center), Chris Johnson (right), Walt Robb (seated left) and Dennis Klemash (we think he took the picture).

       For information about our other opportunities to explore life with the friars, contact us.  

First Word from the Novices

The Capuchin Novitiate Family 2014-2015

       The Capuchin novices of North America are now into their third month of the novitiate year in Santa Ynez, CA, and have weighed in with ther first edition of the Caperone, the periodic magazine they publish to let us know what's happening among them.


Borromeo CFP Begins Again


       The Academic Year 2014-15 began in earnest on Tuesday, September 2, at John Carroll University in Cleveland. Five young men resumed their classes while one began his first semester there. All of them are residents at Borromeo Seminary in Wickliffe, OH, where our Capuchin Formation Program (CFP) allows them the opportunity to live in community and discern their vocations as Capuchin Franciscan friars.

       Our brothers Mick Joyce, OFM Cap., and Lester Knoll, OFM Cap. (who's missing from the photo!) lead and guide the men of the program. After Br. Mick (left) are Patrick Cordero (welcome!), Evan Jamison, Luis Munguia, Samuel Martinez, Joshua Soldat and Thomas Lydic. You can read about the returning men here.

       Blessings to all in your formation and studies -- we promise you our prayers and support!

Sharing our Life at August Retreat


       Our Vocation Director, Fr. Tom Betz, OFM Cap., hosted thirteen young men at Alverno, our retreat house in Salisbury, PA, to explore Capuchin life with them. Our brother Fr. Lester Knoll, OFM Cap., was on hand, as well, along with friar students from Washington, DC:  Brs. Francisco Lopez, Diogo Escudero, Saul Soriano and all five postulants (see separate article): Rigobel Azanwi, Joshua Heskamp, Gavin Pereira, Theo Simatupang and Stephen Wright.


More Articles...

  1. Who are the Capuchins?
  2. The Novitiate Year Begins
  3. CapContact - Spring 2014
  4. Postulants Highlighted in Philly News

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