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It's a deal with Catholic Workcamps . . .

YouthCampsSigning     Our province minister, Fr. Tom Betz, OFM Cap., and our director of college formation, Fr. Brian Stacy, OFM Cap.,  has entered into a partnership Group Workcamps, an ecumenical youth program providing mission trips and service "Workcamps" for more than 17,000 young people each year. The new partnership entitled "Group Catholic Workcamps" will offer religious service weeks for Catholic youth groups and schools. Br. Brian will be the coordinator of the project which, in 2018, hopes to offer three weeks of Catholic service, projected to serve from 1000 to 1200 teens.

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See the Video announcing the partnership . . .

Encounter Radio interviews Br. Tommy

TommyRadio2      In the first week of November, Dan DeMatte and Patrick Reis from Encounter Ministries interviewed our brother Tommy Piolata, OFM Cap. on Encounter Radio. The station is a joint production of St. Gabriel Catholic Radio in association with EWTN and is internationally syndicated on the EWTN Global Catholic Radio network and the Ave Maria Radio Network." Their mission is to highlight "the supernatural encounters of ordinary people that launch them into lives of extraordinary mission," and Br. Tommy got the chance to share his vocation story.

Listen to the Interview . . .

Friars remember Cap College on the Centenary

CCollCent02     Photos amd videos are in from the Mass and dinner celebration of Cap College's centenary year. The feast on Friday, October 13, was especially intended for friars and former residents of the community. Our brother Andrew Corriente, OFM Cap., outdid himself on the decor and setup of the celebration and Br. Matt Hindelang, OFM Cap., was Master chef in the kitchen. Yet, all the friar residents hosted and worked CapCollegeANNIVhard to make the visitors feel at home again - all in the midst of a busy academic year.

     Check out these photos in our Gallery page. An outstanding collection of videos of the event (like the one below) are all available on YouTube. Here's a sample from the opening remarks at dinner, but you can view the homily of our brother Cardinal Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap., as well as reflections of former residents of Cap College as they remember God's goodness and faithfulness over the years in our home in Washington, DC.

Chech out the videos of the event . . .

Friars Mark Milestones of Faithfulness

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Jubilees 2017

Jubillees 2017 02    On Friday, October 6, the friars, friends and family of the 2017 Jubilarians gathered together for the celebration of our brothers who celebrated major anniversaries this year. Our brother Eric Gauchat, OFM Cap., (celebrating 25 years of priesthood) was the main celebrant for the Mass and Tom Weinandy, OFM Cap., (50 years of profession) served as the homilist. Friars Bob Herrick, OFM Cap., and John Petrikovic, OFM Cap., led the music.

     After Mass, a festive dinner took place at Scotus Hall in nearby Millvale, PA, and Provincial Tom Betz took some time after dinner to salute each of the friars and their contributions to the Order, to their ministries and to the Church.

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Secular Franciscans forge Provincial bonds

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    The Secular Franciscans (OFS) who are affilliated with the Capuchins friars of our Province of St. Augustine gathered for the first time since the Regionalization of the OFS family. The meeting was held on Saturday, September 30, in New Baltimore, PA, where 42 were in attendance at the meeting - 16 friarsand 26 OFS Ministers, officers and members.

     On of the Secular Franciscans in attendance, had worked at the ground level of the Regionalization process in the 1990s, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to be together across geographic regions.  Many felt it a blessing to gather with friends made before the unification by geographic regions and appreciated the care and sensitivity shown by the Province in taking the time to field questions anf thoughts of the Seculars. All of the participants heard the commitment to provide Spiritual Assisitance reinforced and felt the Province's particular concern for strengthening the bonds of our common charism.

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Capuchin College: 100 Years to Celebrate

CapCollege LOGO     In early September, friars and friends of our friary, "Capuchin College" (St. Francis Friary),  kicked-off  the celebration of the Centenary - it's been 100 years since the building and dedication of the house where friars throughout this "century" of years have lived and studied. The house was, and still is, dedicated to the formation of friars who have completed their novitiate year. That's the year when men don the Capuchin habit and discern their decision to take their first vows in our Capuchin way of live. Capuchin College is the next destination, where the friars live, study and minister, pursuing professional studies for their lives as friars. Many of them are students of the Theology faculty at Catholic University of America, and various friars live and work there as a support to fraternal life in preparation for priestly ministry. 

    Through September and October, a number of events are taking place to celebrate and remember . . .

More on the Centenary celebration

Puerto Rico: Calm before the Storm

PR MeetingHurr 07    From September 11-15, our Provincial Minister Tom Betz, OFM Cap., took part in the annual friars assembly/retreat in the Custody of St. John the Baptist in Puerto Rico. The joyful and fraternal mood of the friars never envisioned the chaos and destruction which would ensue only a week later. The gathering was held at Casa Cristo Redentor in Aguas Buenas, PR. The photos below shoe the friars in their annual gathering, called to gather the friars in prayer and fellowship from across the Commonwealth. They also reveal, however, some photos from the first moments after Hurrican Maria devastated the island.

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Partnering Catholic YouthCamps

YouthCampsSigning   Our Provincial Minister, Br. Tom Betz, OFM Cap., and Br. Brian Stacy, OFM Cap., Director of our College Formation Program, traveled to Loveland, Colorado, to meet and sign an agreement with an ecumenical youth program called Group Workcamps. The organization provides mission trips and service "Workcamps" for more than 17,000 young people each year.

     The Province and the organization are forming a new partnership entitled "Group Catholic Workcamps" which will offer religious service weeks for Catholic youth groups and schools. Br. Brian will be the coordinator of the project which, in 2018, hopes to offer three weeks of Catholic service, projected to serve from 1000 to 1200 teens.

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Br. David "Manifests the Kingdom"

CiraManifest 02    Congratulations and a round of applause also goes out to our brother, David Cira, OFM Cap.,  on receiving the Manifesting the Kingdom Award from the Diocese of Pittsburgh for his 20 years of Service to Mercy Hospital (now "UPMC Mercy"). It all happened last week, September 24, as Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik honored members from serveral parishes in the Diocese for their outstanding service to the Church.  

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