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.
From the latest edition of the Novitiate's Caperone:
This month’s dominating feature at the Novitiate was definitely the four day pilgrimage to San Francisco, but January was unique in another way as well: it was a month of birthdays.
We celebrated the birthdays of novice brothers Vince, Steve, Christopher, and Rigo, and our beloved Br. Lance. We also celebrated the birthday of Fr. Alejandro. That was truly a special day. Alejandro has been a great example to us these past six months. His determination to get up each morning to concelebrate the Mass every day without fail is an inspiring model of his Capuchin fortitude and an unceasing dedication to live out his priestly vocation on a daily basis. We have no excuse to grumble out of bed in the morning when Fr. Alejandro, with his physical difficulties, makes it every day for Mass, eager to participate in yet another liturgy . . .
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,
An important period of discernment is entered when a man comes to live among our brother friars for the first time. 'Moving in' is an opportunity to take that necessary step in sorting out what it means to 'become a friar.' Experiencing the lives of the friars in real-time, coming to learn the blessings and challenges of community life and, most importantly, finding a daily rhythm of prayer and contemplation with the support of other men broadens our experience of the Lord Jesus and attempt to discern his call to live 'in obedience, without anything of my own and in chastity', as our vows attest.
Meet the men who have taken that step and moved in and on . . . .