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Discovering Postulancy 2017

2016-10-15 20.10.26 As we are rapidly approaching the New Year, we are also rapidly approaching the annual Discovering Postulancy event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Taking place this year from January 1-5, 2017, this unique event gives candidates and inquirers the chance to experience Postulancy first-hand, to get a taste of what Capuchin formation is really like. Postulancy is the first formal stage of formation for Capuchin Franciscans, and for the Province of St. Joseph, this program takes place at St. Conrad Friary in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Friars-in-formation spend roughly nine months taking classes in-house, learning about a variety of topics, including the history of...

From gangs to God, Vera’s faith now guides him

Jose vera and m bertram The emptiness that once led Jose Vera to destructive behavior is now filled by a sense of peace from God. Vera’s faith journey has taken him from a gang in Green Bay to the Capuchin postulancy program at St. Conrad Friary in Milwaukee. “I know a different Christ now,” he said during an interview with The Compass at his home church, St. Philip the Apostle. “I have contact with people from the streets, people who are hungry, people who are poor. I find the ministry very inspiring.” Vera’s days as a Capuchin...
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Thanksgiving Reflection

5212982646 8a75ced9a0 b “For, although you have no need of our praise, yet our thanksgiving is itself your gift, since our praises add nothing to your greatness but profit us for salvation, through Christ our Lord.” (Common Preface IV, Roman Missal) On October 3, 1863, President Lincoln declared the fourth Thursday in November to be a day of, "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father," but also a day to, "fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation," (from the "Proclamation of Thanksgiving"). President Lincoln recognized, in his proclamation of Thanksgiving as a holiday for all...

Flexibly Fierce

Portraitmonumentimage01 Luke 19:11-28 In reflecting in the light of today’s gospel reading on some of the saints whom the Church remembers today, the phrase “fierce women” came to mind.  So I did a quick Google search and the images that came up ranged from Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Wonder Woman, Beyoncé Margaret Mead and Audrey Hepburn; but they also included a host of other less famous women of many nationalities, races, shapes and sizes.  The point, I think, is that any woman has the capacity to be fierce…and fierce in...