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2017 Triduum Retreat

Dsc 0098 copy Celebrate the Paschal Triduum with Candidates, Volunteers and Capuchin Friars! On April 13 through April 15, join us as we celebrate Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter through prayer, fraternal sharing and input. As the time of Lent approaches, we find ourselves looking forward to the joy of the Easter Season, and with it, the annual Easter Triduum Retreat at St. Lawrence Seminary in Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin. This event, the final event of the 2016-2017 vocation year, is a staple of Capuchin formation in the Province of St. Joseph. Friars in formation, members of our lay volunteer corps, Cap Corps, and...

Keeping the Sabbath Today

15210816500 342e81bd46 b St. Anthony, Monk Mark 2:23-28 When I was growing up in Milwaukee, there were many stores that were not open on Sunday in observance of the Sabbath.  Several states still had “blue laws,” which prohibited various kinds of commercial activity.  Some still do.  In addition, many of our brothers and sisters who are orthodox or conservative Jews still follow the practice (from sundown Friday until sundown Saturday), as well as some more conservative Christians (on Sundays), to varying degrees.  However, in most places the observance of the Sabbath seems almost quaint.  In the...

Supporting and Strengthening Vocations

Img 4691 This past weekend I had the privilege to attend at meeting at which 25 young men and women gathered to learn how to fundraise for the Labouré Society. Why, you might ask, would 25 young people gather to learn how to fundraise for a non-profit organization? How about a little background first! It is estimated that each year in this country there are thousands of young men and women who would like to explore the possibility of a vocation to the priesthood or religious life but are hindered in doing so because of the student loans they've...

Starting Over…Again

15536110699 a4a9e3c7c7 b Tuesday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time Mark 1:14-20 After about a year off, I recently decided to begin journaling again as part of my spiritual discipline.  My resolution for this year is to live more mindfully, and I hope that journaling will help my focus and also provide some good things to ponder, share and work through in spiritual direction and confession. Of course, I have a lot of work to do before I approach the radical single-mindedness that Peter, Andrew and the sons of Zebedee seemed to have in responding to the call of Jesus to...