On January 2, 2016, our brother, Al Carver, OFM Cap., was ordained to the transitional diaconate at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception by Auxiliary Bishop Barry Knestout of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC.
This time, it was a strictly Capuchin affair with our current deacon friars Brian Stacy, OFM Cap., Juan Antonio Ortíz, OFM Cap., and Rafael Anguiano-Rodriguez, OFM Cap. (all below-right, with Br. Al) having the opportunity to serve during the liturgy.
This month has been a busy one. We began the month in preparation for the Holy Triduum and ended the month with just the same. After a few classes on the aspects of the Triduum itself, we went right into planning; because of our upcoming silent retreat, we would have very little time before Holy Week would be upon us.
There was a lot of excitement (and some dread) about the silent retreat in the days preceding it. We knew that it would be a time to really go with the Lord in prayer and seek His will, not necessarily knowing what exactly He might say to us.
Lord, there are so many things in my life
that I do not understand,
So many questions about the future that I need to ask.
What is your plan for me?
What is the work you want me to do?
All I really know is that you love me.
Show me the road you want me to walk -
to fulfillment, to happiness, to holiness.
And if you are calling me to
priesthood or to the religious life,
give me the strength to say “yes”
and the grace to begin even now
to prepare myself for the challenge
of a life spent in your service and
in the care of your people.
Prayer for vocations by
Theodore Cardinal McCarrick
This video, prepared and narrated by John Pfannenstiel, OFM Cap., for the Chapter of Friars in 2013, highlights the lives of five of our brothers, each of whose love of the Lord Jesus and whose selfless service have had an impact on the spirit and ministry of our Capuchin Province of St. Augustine. The video was made in preparation for the celebration of our 150th Anniversary in 2023,