Blog Posts for "India"

Renewing Vows

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...

Visiting an Icon

Sitting on the historic white marble bench in front of the Taj Mahal, where many foreign heads of state and government often pose for a photo. Many professional photographers are on hand for just this reason.  As my weeks in India were beginning to come to a close, the Friars finally decided it was time for me to visit one of the most well-known Indian icons, the famous Taj Mahal. Located in Agra, it was nearly three and a half hours away from Ghaziabad. Built in the mid 1600’s by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb...

A Trip to Punjab – Part 2

St. Fidelis Church During my trip to Punjab I was able to visit several ministry sites, and even a historical site or two. If you haven’t read my last blog yet, please feel free to go back and read it first, as it explains a great deal about how the Capuchins live and work in Punjab. As I mentioned before, the Friars have been building churches in the local villages in order to provide adequate worship spaces for the people. Each day the Friars travel to a different village station to celebrate Mass, some driving an hour or...

A Trip to Punjab – Part 1

The Shatabdi Express Recently I had a chance to visit the province of Punjab, located in north western India, along the Pakistan border. I traveled by train for five and a half hours, from Delhi to Beas Station in Punjab. The train, called the Shatabdi Express, is known as one of the fastest trains in India. And it was quite comfortable as well, with tea and dinner being served on the train, and with the cars being air conditioned. I was met at Beas Station by several Friars from St. Francis School in Batala, which is about 30 minutes away from...

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