Our novices look at their lives in Ministry & Service
in the latest edition of the Caperone . . .
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Fr. Bryan Shortall, OFM Cap. (left), is a Capuchin confrere in the Province of Ireland. Our brother Bryan offers some inspiring reflections about his own vocation to our Capuchin brotherhood and of his priestly service to the people of Dublin. It's worth a look:
"How does our society make sense of the vocation to religious life today? What makes one thousand women and men religious, including myself, gather with the Archbishop of Dublin at a ceremony to begin the Year of Consecrated Life? What language is there to explain why I still want to be a religious? I believe it is in me, and I can’t walk away. At the beginning and over the years, there weren’t any guns put to my head and I wasn’t forced to join. And I’m not being forced to stay. As the friars used to say to us, the friary is not a prison. The only reason why I’m still here is that I can’t go. I’m trying to find English language to explain it and I struggle, It’s like I had no choice and I still have no choice."
You can read his entire article on his blog page: 'Tired of all the Bad News'
Our Support office has begun their Annual Seminarian Appeal. Like many of you, we too incur the rising costs of education and study for our friars in Formation.
This year, they've asked our novice brother André Repucci, OFM Cap., to share with you his own personal vocation story and his thoughts about discerning the call to Religious Life in the Church.
The Holy Father declared the Church Year 2015 as a year to celebrate the Consecrated Life - the men and women who dedicate their lives to Jesus Christ by answering his invitation to "Follow Me." The Church Year begins on the First Sunday of Advent 2014.
We'll have some highlights of our lives as consecrated men as the year goes on. Meanwhile, here is a video sponsored by the men & women Religious of Ireland who share their stories of hearing the Lord's call.
Our brother Manuel Avilés, OFM Cap., ministering in his diaconate year at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Washington, DC, left the comfort-cool of Washington, DC, to travel to the Northwest side of our St. Augustine Province, accompanying three young men for a visit to Borromeo Seminary in Wickliffe, OH, just east of Cleveland.