Vocations

"Your vocation is the place God calls you to where your deepest happiness meets the world's deepest hunger."- Frederick Buechner

 

"On his deathbed, Francis said to his brothers:' I have done what is mine to do; may Christ teach you yours.'"- Major Legend of St. Francis by St. Bonaventure 14:3

 

Living the Gospel...Making a Difference

                       

The Capuchin Franciscans are inspired by the life and ideals of St. Francis of Assisi- dedicated to serving those in need, living a simple lifestyle together as a community of brothers, and drawing closer to the Lord through common and private prayer.  

Are you looking to understand God’s will in your life and what God is calling you to? Are you looking for fulfillment? Are you looking for a life of brotherhood, prayer and service to the poor? If you are asking yourself these questions, maybe God is calling you to consider the Capuchin Franciscan way of life.

While every person is called to serve God through humble service of our neighbor, there are many ways to live out this calling.  The Capuchin Franciscans, like other Franciscan groups and other religious communities, aim to live the Gospel life in a spirit of fraternity, ministry, and prayer.  What makes the Capuchins so unique, however, is their emphasis on being contemplatives in action.

In other words, the goal of each Capuchin friar, no matter what ministry he is engaged in, is to be a contemplative.  But it does not and it cannot stop there.  Once the friar sees and experiences God's presence in every part of our world, he then works, in whatever way he is called to do, toward making sure that the light of Christ is not being obscured by ignorance, poverty, or injustice.  The Capuchin friars, lay brothers and priests, are able to do this through an incredible diversity of ministries and opportunities that empower the people they serve to become the best persons they can be.  

"Inspired by God, St. Francis initiated a Gospel form of life that he called a brotherhood according to the example of the life of Christ and his disciples."  Capuchin Constitutions 83:5

                 

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"You Capuchins say that you are poor.  But you are not!  You are rich with saints!"

                                                         St. John Paul II

                                                                          

                         Come and see and spend time in prayer, reflection and sharing among the

                       Capuchin Franciscan community and others who are seeking and discerning

                                                               God's call in their lives.

                                                                                          

                          Friday evening December 1 through Sunday afternoon December 3, 2017

                                    San Lorenzo Friary- 15 Montebello Rd., Jamaica Plain, MA

       

                   For further information or to reserve a space please call the Capuchin Vocation Office

at 603-836-4063 or contact our Vocations Director Br. Tim Jones at brotimjonesofmcap@gmail.com.

 

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"Ustedes Capuchinos dicen que son pobres. Pero no lo eres! Tu eres rico con los Santos!"- San Juan Pablo II

                                                                          

Ven a conocer y pasar tiempo en la oracion, la reflexion y compartir entre la Comunidad Francsicano Capuchina y otro hombres quienes buscan y disciernan el llamado de Dios en sus vidas.

                                            

                                                       Lugar: San Lorenzo Friary- 15 Montebello Rd., Jamaica Plain, MA

                                                    la noche del viernes 1 de diciembre hasta el domingo 3 de diciembre

 

Para mas informacion a para reservar per favor llame a: Oficina de Vocacion Franciscana Capuchina 

                                                        Tel. 603-836-4063 o brotimjonesofmcap@gmail.com

 

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                                      BR. RICHARD'S THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

We are very proud to introduce a new feature on our Vocations website.  One of our friars, Br. Richard Therrien, will share his thoughts on various things concerning our faith and they will be featured here.  We are calling this "Br. Richard's Thought of the Week" and we hope you enjoy it.  Please let us know what you think and we'll pass it on to Br. Richard.

                                                                               

"The Lord granted me, Brother Francis, to begin to do penance in this way: While I was in sin, it seemed very bitter to me to see lepers.  And the Lord Himself led me among them and I had mercy upon them. and when I left them that which seemed bitter to me was changed into sweetness of soul and body: and afterward I lingered a little and left the world."- Testament of St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis understood that Christ is crucified again and again in the lepers, marginalized and rejected.

Who are the "lepers" of our day? Mentally ill? The Addicted? Those who have abortions? The immigrants? The refugees? Those of a different race, place of origin, religion, political views, gays, transgender, people with aids?  Etc

Christians are called to be counter-cultural. We are called to dare to be different. Bigotry has no place among Christians.  A Christian who is a bigot and prejudiced does not know what it means to be a Christian and does not know the Gospel. It is our first law in all circumstances of life.

                                                                              

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We thank you for your interest in the Capuchin Franciscans and we invite you to explore the rest of this web site to find out more about who we are and what we try to offer to the people of God. If you are a Catholic man between the ages of 18 and 40, perhaps we could assist you in your discernment process.  We invite you to contact Brother Tim Jones, O.F.M., Cap., Director of Vocation Ministry, to learn more about our way of life, our ministries and answer any questions you may have.

Brother Tim Jones, O.F.M., Cap. can be reached at St. Joseph Friary, 34 South Chestnut Street, New Paltz, NY 12561; or 845-642-1025; or brotimjonesofmcap@gmail.com.

                                                                    
                    
   

Our Capuchin Novitiate

Our Capuchin Novitiate

Please click the link below to see a video describing our Capuchin novitiate in California. Novices from all over the country make up this community.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

To get the answers to some frequently asked questions about the Capuchins, please click the link below.

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Reflections on consecrated life

Reflections on consecrated life

To see a video of some of our friars reflecting what inspired them to become a Capuchin, please click below. Some are relatively new to our life and some have been Capuchins for many years, but they all have much wisdom to share.

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