On Saturday, August 20, five Capuchin brothers made their perpetual vows to live "in obedience, without anything of my own and in chastity." The festive Mass was celebrated at St. Augustine Church in Pittsburgh, PA.
The five friars making their 'solemn' profession were (front) Akolla Etuge, OFM Cap., Reynaldo Frías-Santana, OFM Cap., (back) Tage Danielson, OFM Cap. , Carlos García-Cruz, OFM Cap., and Andrew McCarty, OFM Cap.
In the midst of a busy and anxious world, young men are still answering the counter-cultural call to the Catholic Religious Life of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience. The "Novitiate" is the second year of formation as a Capuchin Franciscan friar, and its primary task is discernment & prayer through contemplation.
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of the Midwest Capuchin Province of St. Joseph
It was another great turnout for an Alverno Discernment Weekend in August. Our brothers Rafa Anguiano, OFM Cap., and Tom Betz, OFM Cap., were ably assisted by Brs. Alex Hostoffer, OFM Cap., Andrew Corriente, OFM Cap., and Brian Wofford, OFM Cap., who arrived in Salisbury, PA, and our Alverno Retreat house outside of town, to lead 16 young men discerning a call to the Religious Life as a Capuchin Friar.
On Saturday, July 16, 2016, our brothers Rigobel Azanwi, OFM Cap., Stephen Wright, OFM Cap., and Theo Simatupang, OFM Cap., professed the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in the presence of our Provincial Minister, Tom Betz, OFM Cap., and the friars, friends and families who were present for the celebration.
Our friars Rafael Anguiano, OFM Cap., Juan Antonio Cruz, OFM Cap. and Brian Stacy, OFM Cap., were ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at St. Augustine Church (Our Lady of the Angels Parish) in Pittsburgh, PA. Having served their Diaconate Internships at our friaries in Philadelphia, PA, Cumberland, MD, and Washington, DC, the brothers will soon be reassigned.
Conferring the Sacrament of Orders was our own brother Bishop Donald Lippert, OFM Cap., who ministers in the Diocese of Mendi, Papua New Guinea.
We are proud to be your brothers, and we are grateful for these men who join in the ministry of unity and mercy in the Body of Christ.