"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
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.
On September 23, we celebrated the Feast of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, Capuchin Franciscan, priest, stigmatist, mystic and visionary. He had the gift of bilocation, working miracles, predicting the future and reading souls. When Pope St. John Paul the Great went to confession to him, he told him he would become Pope. A girl who had no pupils in her eyes, he gave her sight and she still had no pupils!!! He built a hospital for the poor who are treated for no cost, a convent, a school. He never preached a sermon! His whole life was a sermon! His Mass lasted hours since he would go into ecstasy and his wounds would bleed. He was once asked if his feet hurt when he stood on his wounds. His reply, " I am not standing on my feet, I am hanging on the cross!" Our previous Minister General, Fr. Jean Corriveau, said Padre Pio is as popular around the world as St. Anthony of Padua - another Franciscan!
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 email@example.com.