Blog Posts for "Ministry"

New Vocation Director

Let the brothers not be possessive of their work. Rather, let them be committed and open to the needs of the local fraternity, the circumscription, and the Order, and always ready to move on. -Constitutions of the Capuchin Friars Minor, 79 The philosopher Heraclitus supposedly said, “the only thing constant in life is change”. As I reflect on the changes happening in my life at this moment, I find some consolation in the constancy of change. Change is natural and good and has the ability to lead us- when we trust God to accompany us- to experience...

Being “the Brand”

Acts 4:1-12; John 21:1-14 As we continue to update our Pastoral Plan and respond to the needs of the Church and society, our Provincial Minister and Council have asked the friars to consider the possibility of a new ministry somewhere in our province.  As part of the process, friars in the various regions of the province have been gathering and considering the challenges and possibilities.  When the friars in our Chicago Region met last night at the San José Community (St. Clare of Montefalco Parish), one of the issues that came up was that of our Capuchin...

Be the Force

Monday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time​ St. Gregory of Nazianzen (+390), one of the three Cappadocian fathers (along with St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory of Nyssa), lived and ministered in a time of great turmoil in the church as she was still settling on some basic doctrines and rules of faith and especially battling the heresy of Arianism, which denied Christ’s divinity. Despite strong and sometimes even violent opposition, Gregory held fast to the belief that we take for granted today: that Jesus was fully human and fully divine, one of us and God-with-us. Some...

Top 10 Lessons Learned in Ministry

Friday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time Earlier this week, I was privileged to participate in workshop sponsored by the Province’s Preaching and Evangelization Commission on Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”), Pope Francis’ 2013 apostolic exhortation which called upon everyone in the Church to grow in our shared vocations to be “missionary disciples” of Jesus.  One of the sessions featured a series of reflections by friars who work directly with our brothers and sisters who are poor, homeless, mentally ill, and otherwise on the margins of society.  Here, in...

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