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.
Lord, there are so many things in my life
that I do not understand,
So many questions about the future that I need to ask.
What is your plan for me?
What is the work you want me to do?
All I really know is that you love me.
Show me the road you want me to walk -
to fulfillment, to happiness, to holiness.
And if you are calling me to
priesthood or to the religious life,
give me the strength to say “yes”
and the grace to begin even now
to prepare myself for the challenge
of a life spent in your service and
in the care of your people.
Prayer for vocations by
Theodore Cardinal McCarrick
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,