Blog Posts for "Ministry"

a spirituality of bingo

It’s 10:07 AM on a balmy Friday morning in Southern California. The air in the colorless multi-purpose room is tense, yet sedentary...and a little bit stinky. “B,” faces begin to scrunch up, necks begin to pivot frantically, eyes race up and down the fatefully-laminated columns on the narrow dining table, “14.” A moment of dish-shuffling, chip-clicking, and frustrated groans. “Is this straight bingo or cover-all?” asks the pleasant little lady from North Dakota. “Cover-all,” answers the lanky young man in a sweat-dampened Franciscan habit. “Well, then I guess I have...

The 2016 Detroit Ministry Weekend

It’s that time of year again! We are rapidly approaching the 2016 Detroit Ministry Weekend, the high point of the year for the Capuchin Vocation Office. This year our candidates and inquires will be invited to travel to Detroit, Michigan, the headquarters of the St. Joseph Province, on Friday, October 28th, 2016. They will join the Friars for evening prayer and dinner at St. Bonaventure Monastery before enjoying a social with the Friars that evening. The evening will conclude with a tour of the Solanus Casey Center. The next day, Saturday, October 29th, 2016 will consist of visits to many of...

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...

A Spirit of Power, Love and Self-Control

St. Justin, Martyr 2 Timothy 1:1-3, 6-12 I write this post from the triennial Chapter of the Province of St. Augustine, which is being held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Our brothers here have been blessed with many new vocations over the past decade—more than any other Capuchin province in North America—and their primary work this chapter (in addition to electing their provincial minister and council) is to consider a proposal to establish a new corporate ministry that will focus on the new evangelization and, true to our Capuchin charism, will involve a group of friars living and...

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