Blog Posts for "Detroit"

Makin' Gainz!

Brs. MJ, Stephen, Vito, and Parker with our provincial John Cel. after running in the Martian Marathon While I'd never consider myself an athlete, I'm no stranger to sports. I grew up playing baseball, soccer, volleyball, and wrestling as well as various other pick-ups games in the neighborhood. I'm especially a fan of watching hockey. I spent my first summer ministry at St. Ben's in Milwaukee, and really enjoyed the experience. Each summer they sponsor a 5k run/2-mile walk at Germanfest as their major fundraiser. (sign-up here) While spending the summer in Milwaukee I participated in the 5k run...

Candidates Learn about Solanus Casey's Spirituality

Four Candidates for the Midwest Candidates gathered in Detroit for the snowy weekend of February 15-17 to learn more about the Spirituality of Venerable Solanus Casey, a Capuchin simplex priest who died in Detroit in 1957 and is on the verge of becoming blessed, the final stage before being declared a saint. The weekend had six segments. On Friday evening, we began by viewing a movie to familiarize ourselves with the life of Solanus. Candidates typically are most interested in Solanus' vocational journey, as it seems very modern to them with many starts and stops, wrong directions, and seeming barriers. Whether...

Solanus' Plan for Holiness

The weekend of February 15-17, The Capuchin Vocation Office is sponsoring a weekend for candidates and inquirers on the spirituality of Capuchin Solanus Casey. An earlier post tells of his life. Here I wish to share Solanus' plan for holiness, which he followed after the age of 26. Here's some background and the plan. Once in the Capuchin seminary, Solanus knew he needed to purify his heart to prepare for lifelong service for God. He wanted to detach himself from any unhealthy worldly desire. He wanted to submit to God's will through prayer and contemplation. He wrote out a plan. He...

Individualized Discernment

Sometimes, you just can't make scheduled vocation events. There's work. There's school. There are family events. Sometimes you're just a little too late. It just doesn't always work out. That happened to new Inquirers Brenton Ertel and Anthony Kote Witah. They came into contact with the Capuchin Vocation Office after the November Ministry Weekend in Detroit.  But considering an application to postulancy this year, they wanted that experience to help make a better decision. So, Brenton and I checked our calendars and the weather, and planned a Detroit visit within 10 days (Brenton is from Racine WI.). Once it was schedule...

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