Blog Posts for "Chicago"

Tap Into Life Podcast Episode 1

Check out our recent podcast episode! Get to know the Chicago Friars as they tell you about their journey, including the pitfalls, to become Capuchins. Welcome to Tap Into Life podcast, Episode 1 from Chicago. Introducing Br. MJ Groark and Br. Vito Martinez, repping South Side! Get to know the Chicago Friars as they tell you about their journey, including the pitfalls, to become Capuchins. View "Called: The Postulant" View "Called: The Friar" Have questions? Want to say hello? Email us at:

Let Others Be Constantly Evangelizing Us

Soon to be Saint Teresa of Calcutta was never without wise words, or memorable aphorisms. When she would be asked by someone how she finds the strength to keep doing all the great work that she did, Mother Teresa would often grab one of the person’s hands, and grabbing onto one finger at a time she would say “you-did-it-to-me” (Mt 25:40).  Mother Teresa was adamant that whomever she was serving, she was encountering her Christ who was crying out for mercy. This is amazing considering another well known dynamic to her spiritual journey. It is said...

St. Clare Friary: An International House of Studies

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...

The Doubtful Mysteries of the Rosary

Our Lady of the Portiuncula  This past Sunday I was blessed to be able to celebrate Mass at Our Lady Gate of Heaven Parish here in Chicago, where I was privileged to serve as Pastor some twenty years ago. The parishioners invited me back to help rededicate the refurbished statue of the Blessed Mother that stands in front of the church. A pretty conventional work in concrete, the statue had been worn and damaged by decades of Chicago weather and, unfortunately, some vandalism. Following Mass, we processed out to the front of the church. After a prayer of blessing...

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