The 2016 Detroit Ministry Weekend

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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 the Capuchin Soup Kitchen ministries in and around the Metro Detroit area. This will include the Soup Kitchen itself, Earthworks Urban Farm, the Capuchin Services Center, the On the Rise Bakery, and finally a trip to Washington, Michigan to visit the oasis that is the Capuchin Retreat Center. After lunch at Capuchin Retreat, attendees will be given a primer on Franciscan Spirituality by Bro. Jason Graves, and will be given time for prayer and reflection at Capuchin Retreat.

In the evening the attendees will return to St. Bonaventure Monastery for evening prayer and dinner, followed by Holy Hour and a social. The following day the attendees will be invited to join the Friars and the local faith community for Sunday Mass and brunch before departing.

This trip is often cited as the most influential moment in the initial discernment of candidates for the Capuchin Order. You will have a chance to see and experience first-hand the direct service to the poor that is the hallmark of Capuchin life. But in order to attend this weekend you first have to have met with Bro. Steve Kropp, the Capuchin Vocation Director, or his assistant Bro. Jason Graves. If you are interested in attending this formative event, please contact Bro. Steve by either emailing him or calling him at (313) 378-3802. If you haven’t already, please fill out the initial inquiry form, and a member of the Vocation Office will contact you. We hope to see you in Detroit in October!