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Capuchin Franciscan Novitiate: A Day in the Life

Screen shot 2016-08-12 at 8.54.38 am In the midst of a busy and anxious world, young men are still answering the counter-cultural call to Catholic religious life. The novitiate is the second year of formation as a Capuchin Franciscan friar, and its primary task is discernment & contemplation. This is a short, homemade documentary of one day at the Capuchin novitiate in Santa Ynez, CA. In addition to activities depicted in the video, novices also have the opportunity to engage in various ministries in the Santa Barbara area. ARE YOU CALLED? Inquire today!

Renewing Vows

50 Fr. Skylark receiving my vows Every year, around the month of August, those of us who are in temporary vows and intend to continue discerning a Capuchin Vocation are invited to renew their vows for another year. I myself have done this several times. The renewal takes place in Milwaukee, at a reception that is also held to welcome the incoming Postulant class. This year, however, as I am still in India, I am unable to join the rest of my Brothers in Milwaukee for the annual renewal of vows. Because of this, Fr. Michael Sullivan, the Provincial Minister for...

St. Clare Friary: An International House of Studies

Anish and worku copy Anish and Worku Over the past three years our Province has had the pleasure of hosting our Brother Hector Bueno (L) from the Province of Peru at Saint Clare Friary in Chicago while he pursued a Master of Arts in Theology at Catholic Theological Union. In July of this year Hector returned to his home Province to attend the Chapter and then be assigned to teach at their own provincial house of studies. Congratulations and many blessings on this new journey in your life Hector. You will certainly be missed at Saint Clare Friary, and throughout the...

More Than Who We Are

19300545790 82ac2a3444 b Genesis 3:1-24 This past weekend marked the close of the Olympic Games in Rio, and for all of the troubles and controversies have occurred (sorry, Ryan Lochte, et al.) we witnessed even more marvelous and inspiring performances from athletes like Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt and Simone Biles.  Personally, my favorite moment was watching South Africa’s Wayde Van Niekerk set a new world record in the 400m run:  43.03. One lap around the track in 43 seconds!! What made Van Niekerk’s performance even more compelling was that he was coached by a 74 year-old great-grandmother, Anna Botha....