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Novitiate: A Day in the Life

       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.

This video was published by our brothers
of the Midwest Capuchin Province of St. Joseph

Discernment Weekend Draws a Crowd

       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 CorrienteOFM Cap., and Brian WoffordOFM 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.

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Three Brothers Profess their Vows

2016 TEMPProf01       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.

See photos of the event.

Called to Serve


        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.

       See the photos of the event here . . . .

Vocation Prayer


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

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