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Commissioned for Unity

Fey Rome      On October 5, our bishop brother Bill Fey, OFM Cap., Bishop in the Diocese of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, was in Rome to  participate in a special gathering of Anglican and Catholic bishops to mark the 50th anniversary of the Catholic/Anglican dialogue.  Our confrere sent along a photo (from L'Osservatore Romano?) as he shook hands with Pope Francis only 3 days before the nomination of the new cardinals for the November consistory which included Archbishop John Ribat of the Archdiocese Port Moresby, PNG, where our friars live and work and where Bishop Bill taught philosophy and theology before his appointment as Bishop in Kimbe.

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Irish Friars Make Media Moments

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       Our brother Bryan Shortall recently published a book entitled Tired of All the Bad News. He was interviewed for the book - and to talk about the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy on Irish Radio's KFM.

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DC Franciscans join for Transitus '16

Transitus1       The DC area Transitus Celebration was held at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land Commissariat on Quincy Street in northeast Washington. The Transitus is an annual Franciscan remembrance of the evening in October 3, 1226, when our Father St. Francis of Assisi made his "transitus" ("pass over") from death into new life. The feast of our patron is celebrated on October 4 as the sunset determined the 'new day' in the medieval world.

       Our brother Steve Wright, OFM Cap., appears to have encountered an unexpected visitor below.

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A Visit to the brothers in Puerto Rico

PRGroup       Our Provincial Minister, Tom Betz, OFM Cap., had the opportunity to visit and meet with the brothers in our Custody of Puerto Rico (formerly known as "Vice Provinces"). Tom also paid a visit to the Poor Clare Nuns of Cidra, PR, who were assisted by the friars in the building of their new monastery.

       Among the friars of the Custody, there are four brothers from the 'mainland' who minister among the people there.

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Diaconate Ordinations

WatsonUlrich        The transitional Diaconate Ordinations of Capuchin friars James Watson, OFM Cap., and Jonathan Ulrich, OFM Cap., took place on Saturday, September 3, at St. Augustine Church in Pittsburgh, PA.

        You can view all of Matt's photos online from the event. Congratulations go out to Brs. James and Jonathan as they begin their diaconate internships.

         James is assigned to Our Lady of the Mountains Parish and Friary in Cumberland, MD, for his diaconate ministry, while Jonathan will be living and serving at Our Lady of the Angels Parish and Friary in Pittsburgh, PA.

Meet the Novices for 2016-17

2016 08 Caperone       The wait is over. Meet the Novices in this first edition of the 2016-17 Caperone . It's the monthly newsletter from the NAPCC (North American/Pacific Capuchin Conference) in Santa Ynez, CA. 

       Our own new brother Edgar Pereira seems to be well, and the new editors, Vince Carrasco (St. Conrad Province) and Joe Babcock (St. Joseph Province) obviously know a little about desktop publishing: the issue is chock-full of photos.

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Hermitage brings "God's Boundless Mercy"

HermitageJail2       Connected to our Province's Capuchin Hermitage in Pittsbugh, PA, is the work of the friars amoung the men and women of the Allegheny County Jail in the city, a connection which our brother Dennis Klemash, OFM Cap., calls one "of prayer and service."

       At the jail, one of the duties that he and Mark Carter, OFM Cap., share is supervising interns for the permanent diaconate. One of them, Louis Bosco, shared some lovely thoughts about the friars and their work and talks about prayer as being a " powerful teacher" in an article he wrote entitled: God's Boundless Mercy. Along with their service of prayer, work and hospitality for us, our confreres, Mark and Dennis, are also changing lives - as the men and women are changing theirs!

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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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Fr. DePaul Ripko, 1926-2016

DePaul2       Fr. DePaul Ripko, OFM Cap., died on July 29, 2016, in Pittsburgh, PA. He was 89.

       He was born on September 10, 1926 in Nižná Myšľa in eastern Slovakia. At the time of his birth, the village was a part of what was then "Czechoslovakia." His parents, Joseph and Elizabeth (Potocky). gave him the name Anthony at his baptism; he would be their only child.

       Anthony and his mother emigrated to the United States in 1937 and settled in Slovan, PA. They were members of Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Burgettstown, and Anthony attended the public elementary school in Slovan.

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