Blog Posts for "Solanus Center"

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...

12 Inquirers Experience Capuchin Detroit

Twelve inquirers and candidates spent the weekend of October 26-28 getting to know Capuchin Detroit. They were joined by two Peruvian Capuchins, Hector Bueno and Yonathan Tordoya, who are studying English in Chicago and wanted to experience Capuchin Detroit. Postulant Joseph Taylor of Detroit, and Capuchin Robert Wotypka and Bill Hugo provided transportation during the event. The overflow crowd took every available bedroom at St. Bonaventure Monastery, while some in the group stayed at St. Mary Friary and Joseph Taylor's mother's home that is not far away. The group contained considerable diversity. Participants came from Vietnam via Houston, India via...

Detroit Capuchin Ministries to Help Discerners of a Capuchin Vocation

It looks like fifteen or so inquirers and candidates will descend on Capuchin Detroit the weekend of October 26-28th. By van, car, bus, and airplane, we'll arrive at St. Bonaventure Monastery in time for Friday supper, where the local friars will welcome us into their home and invite us to share in their joy as Capuchins. The purpose of this weekend is to acquaint ourselves with the diverse Capuchin ministries in Metro-Detroit. Ministry is only one part of being a Capuchin, but an important part. That's why we devote this entire weekend to learning about and experiencing those ministries. ...

Unexpected Doors

(Stephen Greco is a Capuchin in temporary vows and completing his BA in history at St. Xavier University in Chicago. He was asked to share this reflection on our vocation blog because his experience is very common among inquirers. Steve is originally from Dearborn, Michigan.)The doors to the Solanus Casey Center in Detroit echo the words of the Gospel of Matthew: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” If only my discernment journey was that easy! When I was growing up, my pastor would...

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