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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                                      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.

                                                                               

This is the time of the year when the geese begin their journey south for the winter. They fly in a V formation.  Apparently, God thinks this is a good idea. Why? Because the up draft of their flapping wings makes it easier for the one behind it. In other words, they are journeying together as one unit. If one gets sick or injured during the long journey, two others will land with it. They will then protect and help it get better. When that happens, they will then fly in their own V formation or join another flock passing by. Don't we have an awesome God? Isn't His creation amazing, especially his animals? How the human race can learn from them!

During the course of our lives, there are many people who give us a "back draft" of all ages and professions. Sometimes we are literally carried by others, such as at our Baptism or when ill, etc.  Parents, relatives, teachers, pastors, friends etc. give us that "back draft" that makes our journey a little bit easier.

When Jesus said, "Love one another as I love you" he was giving us not just a commandment, but an uplift.  He wants to gives others uplift and "back draft".  He wants the Church and the human race to function as one. "Where one or more are gathered in my name, there I am among them."  Jesus continues to give us an uplift.  He continues to lead us.

Let us pray we pay attention to the creation and the messages it gives us.  We need to protect it for future generations. We also need to protect the human race from hatred, bigotry, bullying, racism and follow the example of the geese and give each and every person in our global family an "uplift of back draft" and not a down draft of destruction. We need to make America love again and lead the rest of the world in love. Any person who is a bigot, racist, bully, prejudice, etc. who claims to be a Christian does not know what a Christian is.  None of those things belong among Christians. The only race is the human race. It does not matter if others are against us. Being a Christian is for us is first and foremost. The Gospel is our first law in all circumstances in life. Let's try to journey in better formation. If it is a good idea for God and His geese, it should be good enough for us. N'est pas? Blessed be God in his creation!

                                                                              

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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 Fr. Marvin Bearis, 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.

Fr. Marvin can be reached at 203-382-4513; or at frmarvinofmcap@gmail.com; or at Blessed Solanus Casey Residence, 123 Nancy Drive, Bridgeport, CT 06604.

                                                                    
                    
   

What's It Like to Be a Religious Brother?

What's It Like to Be a Religious Brother?

Please click the link below to read an article about what it's like to be a religious brother. It's based on an interview with Br. Jim Peterson, our Capuchin brother who is a canon lawyer and who works for the Archdiocese of Boston.

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Beatification of Fr. Solanus Casey

Beatification of Fr. Solanus Casey

Our Capuchin brother Fr. Solanus Casey will be beatified on November 18. Please click the link below to read more about this holy friar who humbly and joyfully served the People of God in several of the parishes of our Province.

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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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