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'The Catholic Spirit' salutes the Friars

Spirit320       The Catholic Spirit, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Wheeling/Charleston, WV, published a salute of thanksgiving to our brothers who have served in the Diocese for more than a century. That salute was a full two-page tribute to their graciousness and appreciation for the service of our fraternity with the names of 170 of our friars. The Province of St. Augustine, in turn, thanks the people of the Diocese for enriching us through their goodness and hospitality throughout the years. May they continue to bring the Gospel to Life as we promise them our prayers and our memories of the faithful men who have found a 'home' among them.

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Thank you, West Virginia!

Tuscan Kurtz2       On Sunday, June 14, 2015, a Vespers Service will be celebrated at St. Anthony Church in Charleston, WV, to celebrate and remember the years of service and fraternity which our Province has been privileged to share in the Diocese of Wheeling/Charleston, WV. This article appeared in Charleston’s local newspaper, The Daily Mail. We will be highlighting that Vespers Service in the coming days.


By Charlotte Ferrell Smith
Photos: Bob Wojcieszak

       After more than a century of ministry and service to West Virginia, the Capuchin friars are leaving the Mountain State this month. Vows as Capuchin friars require they live together in community as brothers, sharing a prayer life and meals. A minimum of three brothers is necessary to fulfill this supportive environment.

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New Capuchin Friar Priests

Pictures updated Sunday, 06/07/2015

      Historic St. Augustine Church in Pittsburgh was packed for the ordination of two friars on Saturday morning, June 6. Sean Cardinal O’Malley, OFM Cap., ordained our brothers Manuel Avilés, OFM Cap., and John Paul Kuzma, OFM Cap., to the priesthood during a two-hour-plus liturgy.

      About 80 friars were in attendance, as were about 20 diocesan and other religious priests. Two buses brought Manuel’s family and friends from Northern Virginia and DC. And a bus came in from Cumberland, MD, where John Paul is assigned. 

      Both the Avilés and Kuzma families were well-represented.

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Two friars caught in the act

       On Sunday morning, May 31, in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh, PA (where our St. Augustine Friary motherhouse is located), Butler Street was closed to motorized vehicles and turned over to human-powered mobility. Our nonagenarian Fr. DeSales Young, OFM Cap., was able to join the happening with the help of Br. Francisco Lopez, OFM Cap., a friar student who recently completed his first year in Washington, DC. Thanks to “NEXTPittsburgh” for catching our friars in the act of being themselves.

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Friars Assemble in Harrisburg for Prayer and Brotherhood

       The Capuchin Friars of our St. Augustine Province gathered together for our triennial Provincial Assembly in Harrisburg, PA, from May 25-28.  The opportunity for brotherhood, some business and yes, some fun, is for all the friars of the Province who serve in the states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington, DC.  A few of our senior friars were unable to make the trek for the gathering, but over 100 friars joined together to work and pray together during the event.

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Three Brothers Profess Vows in PNG

       Three novices from our Vice Province of St. Michael in Papua New Guinea professed first vows in the Philippines during the weekend of May 15, 2015.

       Brothers Clement Tarmat, OFM Cap., Joseph Umba, OFM Cap., and Christopher Skoeiwere, OFM Cap., were among the nine young men from three countries who have completed novitiate at St. Felix of Cantalice Friary in the Philippines' Baguio City

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EWTN News: "I'm not a monk - I'm a friar"

       This video segment from the EWTN News aired on May 7, 2015. The video was part of a continuing series celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life 2015. Our brothers Andrew McCarty, Brian Newman, Brian Stacy and others are highlighted to explain our Capuchin Franciscan call and way of life. 'Capuchin College,' a.k.a. "St. Francis Friary", is located in Washington, DC, near the Catholic University of America, and is one of the houses ("friaries") of our Capuchin Franciscan Friars of the St. Augustine Province.

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Br. Brian Ordained a Deacon

BStacyDiac4       Our brother Brian Stacy, OFM Cap., was ordained as a transitional deacon by Washington, DC, Auxiliary Bishop Barry Knestout on Saturday, May 2, at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception near our friary of 'Capuchin College', where Brian is stationed.

       Ordained with Br. Michael Reyes, OFM, of the Holy Name Province of Friars, Brian is the latest in a long line of friars to kneel before a bishop in the Crypt Church of the National Shrine.

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The 'Catholic Guy' invades Borromeo

       UPDATE ALERT: The link to the Podcast was added on 05/09/2015

       With one more night to broadcast, “The Catholic Guy” wraps a week of shows from Wickliffe, OH and our Capuchin Formtation Program at Borromeo Seminary.

       Sirius radio personality Lino Rulli took time to pose with the CFP crowd, our brothers Lester Knoll, OFM Cap. (R) and Mick Joyce, OFM Cap. (L), flank our CFP students: (from left) Patrick Cordero, Samuel Martinez, Joshua Soldat, Host Lino Rulli, Luis Munguia, Evan Jamison and Thomas Lydic.

       Fr. Mick writes: “The Catholic Guy show discusses life, religion, and theology in a humorous fashion through the eyes of an average Catholic guy. The program has been recognized by The New York Times for its spontaneity and edginess, having ability to sound like catechism class one minute and 'The Howard Stern Show' the next. It was fun being part of the live studio audience.”

       For those who do not get Sirius Radio transmissions, you can listen to or download the podcast from Cleveland here.


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