Vocations

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

 

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

                 

 

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. John the Baptist Friary, 210 West 31st Street, New York, NY 10001-2876; or 845-642-1025; or brotimjonesofmcap@gmail.com.

                                                                    
                    
   

Reflections from our candidates who are applying to postulancy

Reflections from our candidates who are applying to postulancy

We have been abundantly graced by God with seven men who are applying this year to our postulancy program. If you'd like to read some of their reflections on their discernment journey and their hopes for the future, please click below.

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Discernment Events

Discernment Events

Please click below to read about all the events the Vocation Office is offering for those who are discerning the Capuchin way of life. You'll see that besides the candidate weekends, we also offer several opportunities to join in our fraternal life, to participate in liturgies and days of recollection. and to help to serve the poor.

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Our 2014 Jubilarians

Our 2014 Jubilarians

This year, 21 of our brothers will be celebrating significant anniversaries in their life as Capuchins, either their investiture (their formal entry into religious life) or their ordination to the priesthood. Please click here for more information and for a description of Capuchin life.

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