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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.


Who are the Capuchins?

       Maybe we can answer some of your questions about the Capuchin Franciscans -- who are we, what do we do and where do we come from?  We may be one of the largest Orders in the Church, but aside from having Italian coffee and monkeys named after us, what else are we about?  Download our Info Sheet here.


The Novitiate Year Begins

       On Sunday, July 20, the eve of the feast of St. Lawrence of Brindisi, the patron of the novitiate friary in Santa Ynez, CA, seventeen postulants for the NAPCC novitiate (North American & Pacific Capuchin Conference) gathered in the chapel with their formators and friars from their respective Provinces for Evening Prayer and the Order's Rite of Reception (Investiture). 


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  4. Meet the CFP

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