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How Blessed: Solanus Casey, OFM Cap.


      On Saturday, November 18, 350+ Capuchin Brothers gathered in Ford Field, Detroit, MI, to witness the fruits of the labors of our brother Solanus Casey, OFM Cap., as 71,000 people came together to celebrate this humble man's holy life and example. An example that we are called to live today, as Capuchin's and people of faith from every walk of life. Doing what Solanus did, simple things that have great and lasting impact in lives: listening, consoling, teaching and accompanying.


Friars Mark Milestones of Faithfulness

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Jubilees 2017

Jubillees 2017 02    On Friday, October 6, the friars, friends and family of the 2017 Jubilarians gathered together for the celebration of our brothers who celebrated major anniversaries this year. Our brother Eric Gauchat, OFM Cap., (celebrating 25 years of priesthood) was the main celebrant for the Mass and Tom Weinandy, OFM Cap., (50 years of profession) served as the homilist. Friars Bob Herrick, OFM Cap., and John Petrikovic, OFM Cap., led the music.

     After Mass, a festive dinner took place at Scotus Hall in nearby Millvale, PA, and Provincial Tom Betz took some time after dinner to salute each of the friars and their contributions to the Order, to their ministries and to the Church.


Secular Franciscans forge Provincial bonds

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    The Secular Franciscans (OFS) who are affilliated with the Capuchins friars of our Province of St. Augustine gathered for the first time since the Regionalization of the OFS family. The meeting was held on Saturday, September 30, in New Baltimore, PA, where 42 were in attendance at the meeting - 16 friarsand 26 OFS Ministers, officers and members.

     On of the Secular Franciscans in attendance, had worked at the ground level of the Regionalization process in the 1990s, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to be together across geographic regions.  Many felt it a blessing to gather with friends made before the unification by geographic regions and appreciated the care and sensitivity shown by the Province in taking the time to field questions anf thoughts of the Seculars. All of the participants heard the commitment to provide Spiritual Assisitance reinforced and felt the Province's particular concern for strengthening the bonds of our common charism.

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A "Blessed" Race for Fr. Solanus

Solanus2      The news has spread and been celebrated throughout the web that our brother Solanus Casey, OFM Cap., is headed for his beatification this fall in Detroit, MI. While no date has been set, Crux news journalist John Allen named Solanus the 'American Padre Pio.' Of course, Fr. Solanus could be the first United States-born male to be beatified. It depends on the date. Another American-born Venerable, Fr. Stanley Rother, the great contemporary hero martyred in Guatemala, is set to be beatified on September 23 in Oklahoma City, OK - ironically, September 23 is the feast of another Capuchin saint: Padre Pio of Pietrelcina.

    Fr. Solanus, a member of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph, headquartered in Detroit, MI, have been working for the cause of our brother Solanus since his death in 1957. There is a website devoted to the beatified-elect as well as this beautiful video/tour/explanation of the Solanus Center built in his honor and for the edification of our simple, yet astounding, hero . . . 

See the Video and More here . . .


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