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Welcome to our New Students for 2017-2018!

Jac Gabe Jeremy SamR Ralph

Bluefield, WV


Philadelphia, PA

Ponce, PR

Limerick, PA
 Ronie Rafael

Springfield, VA


 Our Visit to the friars in Washington, DC

     The Capuchin candidates of the Capuchin Formation Program at Borromeo Seminary participated in the March for Life on January 27, 2017, with their Capuchin brothers in Washington D.C. Sam HadjisKristhian Guillen, and Pablo Lopez served as acolytes at the Capuchin Mass for Life in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception which took place before the march. Fr. Tom Betz, OFM Cap., Provincial Minister, celebrated the Mass.

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     We visited the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. With over 70 chapels and oratories dedicated to Mary, the National Shrine is a special place for pilgrimage and worship for Catholics around the world. The shrine is within walking distance from Capuchin College, our friary dedicated to post-novitiate formation (L-R: Samuel Hadjis, Kristhian Guillen, Andrew Morken, Fr. Lester Knoll, OFM Cap., Ryan Schmeltzer and Pablo Lopez).

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Ambrose2017     During our stay in Washington, we had the chance to visit the friars at St. Ambrose Parish in Baltimore, MD,  for Mass and fraternity. (left, L-R: Pablo Lopez, Andrew Morken, pastor Paul Zaborowski, OFM Cap., Kristhian Guillen, Samuel Hadjis and Ryan Schmeltzer).

     Capuchin candidate Andrew Morken (right) poses with a relic of Padre Pio, his favorite saint, while visiting Capuchin College. Padre Pio is one of the most recent Capuchin saints (d. 1968), DrewPio1known for his compassion in the ministry of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and for founding Italy's largest hospital, "House for the Relief of Suffering." Pio was privileged to be united with Christ's suffering through the wounds he bore in his hands (the "stigmata").

College Life at Borromeo

Alverno2016     Spirituality weekends are an integral part of the Capuchin candidates' formation. These weekends allow the men to enter into contemplation and adore God's beauty through nature.  "Alverno" (left) is situated on the Pennsylvania-Maryland border and has been a Capuchin home for prayer and retreat for nearly a century. The majestic landscape of mountains and forest draw one's heart and mind to God, making it what one friar calls "a thin place" between the natural and supernatural. (L-R: Kristhian Guillen, Fr. Lester Knoll, OFM Cap.Samuel HadjisRyan SchmeltzerAndrew Morken and Pablo Lopez)


     Throughout the course of the semester, Capuchin candidates and diocesan seminarians prayed the rosary outside of abortion clinics in Cleveland, OH. Franciscan spirituality is deeply rooted in care for the least and most forgotten (right). All of creation is precious in the eyes of God, especially our brothers and sisters whose lives are too small to be noticed.

     Several Capuchin candidates were privileged to join the Cleveland diocesan seminarians in a soccer tournament at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. Seminaries from across the Midwest came together for a weekend of competition and fellowship with one another. On the far right of the shot are CFP's Andrew Morken, Samuel Hadjis and Pablo Lopez.

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Wkend1    Throughout the year, the Capuchin Friars and candidates at Borromeo's CFP invite other men discerning God's call to visit the seminary. These "Come and See" weekends allow them to get a feel for out life. These weekends provide young men with an awesome opportunity to ask questions, to meet the seminarians and friars, to pray with the community and to spend time with like-minded men who want to follow the Lord.


Why not Come and See?

The CFP 2017-2018

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       Kristhian,30, was born in Santa Elena, Usulutan, El Salvador, and came to Washington, DC when he was 17 years old. Kristhian attended Sacred Church staffed by Capuchins and later began serving at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and his love for the Church deepened immensely. When he felt an attraction to serve the Lord full time and for life, he began to discern with the Capuchins and soon decided to enter the CFP to finish college and to prepare himself for a life of ministry and service.

Samuel Hadjis

Samuel Hadjis     Samuel, 21, from Bridgeport, West Virginia, transferred to Borromeo Seminary and John Carroll University from the University of West Virginia."In looking into the Capuchins I realized just how similar St. Francis and I are." Sam has decided to test this attraction to Saint Francis during his time in the CFP.

Pablo Lopez

Pablo Lopez     Pablo, 22, was born in Mexico but grew up and attended high school in Pageland, South Carolina where he opened his own successful photography business. His decision to explore a Capuchin vocation arose when he watched a movie about Padre Pio. "I am ready to take this journey with God. Even when life gets tough and there are obstacles, I know that God became man and faced these same obstacles. As I go forward in life, I am never alone. Entering Capuchin formation is a huge step for me. At this moment, I want to follow my Lord Jesus Christ as a Capuchin friar." 

Andrew Morken

Andrew Morken     Andrew, 23, hails from Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is a 2016 graduate of Indiana University with a major in finance. "What I love most about Saint Francis is that he was a man of humility. He realized that in order to be first in the kingdom of heaven, we have to put ourselves last while we are on earth. I want to be a witness of hope in a world blanketed in darkness." Drew is following a pre-theology course of study in philosophy and religious studies.

 Ryan Schmeltzer

Ryan Schmeltzer     Ryan, 20, is a high school graduate of Vincentian Academy, in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, PA. His vocation was inspired in part by his membership in Saint Ferdinand Parish (Cranberry Township) which he describes as vibrant. While a HS sophomore, Fr. Scott Seethaler, one of our Capuchin preachers, led a parish mission there. Enthused by friar Scott’s message, he was curious to know more about the Capuchin brotherhood to which the preacher belonged. He looked up the Capuchins online and contacted the vocation office. After several visits to Capuchin friaries and to the Borromeo Capuchin Formation Program, Ryan was confident enough of his attraction to the Capuchin charism to ask for admission to the seminary program. When asked why he feels drawn to the Capuchin Order, Ryan says that Padre Pio’s acceptance of suffering for Christ’sake inspires him. Ryan says, “Jesus tells us to go out and also spread the Gospel to all corners of the globe, and I feel that the Capuchins do just that.

Welcome to our New Students - 2017-2018!

Jacques Chasse
Bluefield, WV
 Gabriel Newberry
Philadelphia, PA
Jeremy Pérez-Toro
Ponce, PR
Sam Roberts
Limerick, PA
Ronie Rafael Altejar
Springfield, VA

College Formation Program

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      The Capuchin Formation Program (CFP) is a program for College men who have made the choice to study in an undergradute seminary setting while they discern the Lord's call to life as a Capuchin Friar in community.

Meet the CFP

Life in the CFP 2017

       At Borromeo Seminary, the College formation program of the Diocese of Cleveland, OH, we help the candidates appreciate the distinctiveness of a vocation to the Capuchin-Franciscan life to which a person may be called as a lay friar or an ordained friar.

     The academically accredited program is affiliated with both John Carroll University and Lakeland Community College. where a wide range of majors are available.  In preparation for future studies in Theology, those discerning the call to priesthood in the Church are required to major in Philosophy.


     We Capuchins believe that the Lord speaks to us in a special way during the formative years of our young adulthood - our College Formation Program serves your vocation by providing an atmosphere of regular prayer lived in a community of brothers, providing special skills which will strengthen and enable your call to vows of poverty, chastity and obedience when your college studies are completed.

Considering exploring now how you can apply for your Freshman Year in 2017-18, how you can prepare your transfer from your current school or how you can arrange a visit to Borromeo and meet other interested young men who share the same dream.

It's not too early to answer the call!

Contact us!


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Capuchin Franciscan Vocation Office   ♦  Rafael Anguiano-Rodriguez, OFM Cap.  ♦  (888)  2 OFMCAP or (888) 263-6227