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Three Brothers Get into the Habit

Novices2017

    On July 23, 2017, three of our brothers, Paul RahnMike Herlihey and Collin Kourtz (above) made their transitions from "Postulancy" to their Novitiate year with the Investiture ceremony held in Santa Ynez. After a year at our Padre Pio Friary in Philadelphia where they began their discernment of the Lord's call to our Capuchin brotherhood, the three men headed to Santa Inex, CA, to join the other Provinces of the NAPCC (North American and Pacific Capuchin Conference) for the more intense discernement that takes place as "novices." The year began with their "Investiture," as Brs. Paul, Mike and Collin were dressed in the habit of the Order: our Capuchin brown tunic tied with a cord with three knots and marked by the distinctive, elongated hood ("capuccio").  

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Ordained to serve as Capuchin priests

Ordntn 2017 06 16    On Saturday, June 3, our brothers Al Carver, OFM Cap.Jonathan Ulrich,OFM Cap., and James WatsonOFM Cap. (left, with the bishop)were ordained to the priesthood by Bishop David Zubic of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, PA. This step in their lives follow their years of formation in our Capuchin Franciscan way of life, and years of study in theology and ministry in Washington, DC. Ms. Jess Wabler, a friend of Br. Al, served as cantor, along with friar Bob Herrick, OFM Cap., who coordinates the music ministry all of our Provincial liturgies.

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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 . . . 

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April News

     Our Capuchin brothers throughout the Province
report in on some happenings in April . . .

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Fr. DeSales Young, 1920-2017

     Our brother, Fr. DeSales Young, OFM Cap., made his transitus to the Lord on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at Vincentian de Marillac in Pittsburgh, PA. At 96, DeSales was the "Senior friar" of our Province - a distinction for which, among many distinctions, he was both grateful and proud.

     Born July 15, 1920, and named Arthur Francis, Jr., at his baptism, the future Capuchin was the second of six children born to Arthur and Lenora (Lippold) Young in Cumberland, MD. The Youngs were active members of Ss. Peter & Paul Parish there and friends to many of the friars of Ss. Peter & Paul "Monastery," one of the earliest established fraternities of our St. Augustine Province. The Young family would have two sons who would become Capuchin friars.

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Working Together in DC to Nourish

DCMissionaries2Capuchins team with the Missionaries of Charity

    The friars of "Capuchin College" (St. Francis Friary), home of our formation program for friars in initial and professional formation, have taken on a ministry in conjunction with the Missionaries of Charity. A few years ago, it was suggested by one of the student friars to partner with the Missionaries in their Sunday morning meal program. A phone call was made to them, and the ministry began.

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Papua New Guinea: Only the Beginnings

Beginnings friar     A new book explores the early beginnings of our Capuchin mission work in Papua New Guinea.Written by our confrere Blaine Burkey, OFM Cap., from the Province of St. Conrad, the authorship of the book was a labor of love for this man who, as a young friar, was fascinated by the tales and the travails of our Provincial heroes who sacrificed their lives in post-War America to accept the Church's request to evangelize a territory where few had heard the words and message of Jesus Christ. As Fr. Blaine writes:

     God’s Word came into the world nearly two millennia ago, personally and permanently touched a few lives, and returned to the Father. His 33 years on earth, as told in the Gospels, was really only the beginning. Moved then by the Holy Spirit, the Word’s apostles went out into what seemed to many to be the entire world. Really, however, it was still only the beginning.

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3 More Deacons to Serve

6Deacons     Three of our Capuchin friars were ordained to serve as transitional deacons in a Mass celebrated on January 3, 2017, at St. Augustine Church in Pittsburgh, PA. The three friars now join three other friar-deacons in their goal to serve the Church as Capuchin friar priests.

     In the left photo, friars Roshan Anthonypillai, OFM Cap., Phil White, OFM Cap. and Reynaldo Frías-Santana, OFM Cap., are in the front row, while our three other friar deacons, Al Carver, OFM Cap., James Watson, OFM Cap. and Jonathan Ulrick, OFM Cap., stand behind them in this photo taken after the completion of the Mass.

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