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Capuchin Café brings a crowd

VIDEO added below

       The friars had a great response to their invitation to the first ever "Capuchin Café" on Saturday evening, November 22, at Capuchin College in DC. Estimates are that 130-150 guests arrived for the event which challenged the many talents of our brothers and the great assistance of our Cap Corps Volunteers to get things off the ground: the planning, the building of the stage, the remodeling of the basement gathering room, the music practices, the work in the kitchen and the promotion of the event took the energy of the whole fraternity.


Setting York on Fire

      St. Joseph Parish in York once again hosted Fan the Fire (FTF), hosting more than 600 teens and leaders on Saturday, November 15. FTF is “a one day event designed to reach out to teens and help them to either deepen their relationship with Christ or discover it for the first time."

Lofo1       The day consisted of a dynamic host, high-quality music, talented local, regional and national  Catholic Youth speakers, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Confessions, celebration of Mass, a concert, dinner and a lot more as seen by the video below.


DC Friars welcome new Franciscans

       On Saturday, November 15, the St. Francis Community of the Secular Franciscan Order celebrated the profession of their newest members during a Mass celebrated at Capuchin College in Washington, DC. Local Minister Janice Benton, OFS, received the professions of the newest Franciscans, Arlyn Sweeney and Michele Thiec. Theresa Armstrong, OFS, and Dee Calisto, OFS, were their respective sponsors and supports during their Franciscan formation. Lolita Jardeleza, community Formation Director witnessed the Professions on behalf of the community family.


Borromeo Visit brings snow to DC visitors

      Our brother Manuel Avilés, OFM Cap., ministering in his diaconate year at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Washington, DC, left the comfort-cool of Washington, DC, to travel to the Northwest side of our St. Augustine Province, accompanying three young men for a visit to Borromeo Seminary in Wickliffe, OH, just east of Cleveland.


35th Anniversary: What's a 'steward' to do?

Canticle       On November 29, 1979, Pope John Paul II named Saint Francis of Assisi the “heavenly patron of those who promote ecology.”

       On the 35th anniversary of this significant event, the members of "Romans VI," the Interfranciscan Commission for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation, has issued a reflection to all of our Franciscan sisters and brothers throughout the world. Together with us, they hope to deepen our understanding of what it means to call Francis the 'patron of ecology,' and to explore the responsibility we inherit, as Francis' followers, to care for creation as its stewards. They're also sharing with us a few examples of Franciscans who are striving to live the implications of this event in our world today.


Salvadoran Community celebrates Br. Moisés


       On the first day of November, Moisés Villalta, OFM Cap., received an award from the Caucus Salvadoreño Empresarial at their 8th Annual Legacy of Achievements gala. Moisés was recognized for his years of service to the Latino community in Washington. Out-going DC mayor Vincent C. Gray and Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser attended the event at the Washington Hilton and congratulated our brother who serves as pastor of the Shrine of the Sacred Heart there.


Brothers to York PA: 25th Anniversary of Presence

        The Pastoral Council at St. Joseph Parish in York [PA] celebrated the 25th anniversary of our Capuchin Franciscan ministry there since 1979.  The Mass was celebrated on the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, and a number of the Capuchin friars who've ministered at the parish returned for the occasion.


Celebrating With Our 2014 Jubilarians

        On Friday, October 17, friars, families and friends came together to honor the jubilarians of our Capuchin life and/or priestly ministry. The annual recognition remembers those friars who reach hallmarks in their journeys of Religious Life (counted from the year of their first profession of the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience) and/or priesthood (counted from the year of Ordination). It gives all of the friars a chance to thank the Lord for the gift of our brothers, and it allows the celebrated brothers to receive the gratitude of the friars, friends and families for their fidelity and perseverance. Above all, it gives us the chance to praise the Lord for the graces they've received and that we have received through their lives and ministries.


The Latest CapContact

       The Fall 2014 edition of the CapContact lets you inside of our formation programs as we prepare to become 'Ambassadors for Christ.'  You'll also get a chance to meet our newest candidates, the 'Postulants,' who've taken that first step to examine their call to live among us and become Capuchin friars.

       Download the issue here.


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