Blog Posts for "Vows"

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...

Re-lying on God

Thursday of the 1st Week of Lent Esther C: 12, 14-16, 23-25; Matthew 7:7-12 Lying prostrate in the rites of solemn profession and ordination is commonly understood as a sign of submission to God and God’s will, including how it may be expressed (however imperfectly) by a religious superior or bishop.  Esther, however, reminds us that lying prostrate is also a gesture of petition.  In lying down, kneeling or even genuflecting before God, we recognize not only God’s greatness and power but also God’s goodness.  Whatever we ask, seek and knock for...

Mission for the Rest of Us

St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Religious Woman & Doctor Luke 10:1-12 On this day when we remember the “Little Flower” who died at only age 24 yet made such a significant mark on the Church and is a patron of the missions, we are fortunate to have readings from Scripture that remind us of what it means to be a “laborer in the vineyard.”  At the time that St. Thérèse lived, in the late 19th century, “mission” was more commonly thought of in terms of “someplace...

First Vows, Jubilees, and Final Vows

The Capuchins went for gold when in a single service it celebrated the perpetual profession of Br. Jerry Cornish, the first profession of Br. Anthony Kote-Witah, Br. Brenton Ertel, and Br. Merwyn D'Silva, and celebrated 50th, 60th, and 65th jubilees of many friars. It was quite a spectacle to watch the new commitments of younger members while others celebrated their jubilees of doing the same thing half a century earlier! Congratulations to all on the accomplishments. God is smiling upon us all! FIRST VOWS  Capuchin Friars Anthony Kote-Witah, Merwyn D'Silva, and Brenton Ertel join Capuchin...

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