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.

                                                                               

The Gospel for Mass for the Second Sunday of Easter is about Doubting Thomas.  I am sure we are all familiar with it. 
 
With whom do we relate to in the story? Thomas? The disciples who are locked in the room? Christ with His wounds? I think we can relate to all three. We doubt we fear, we are wounded. Notice He arrives and is not judgmental. He does not scold them. He does not condemn Thomas. He comes as Mercy and Forgiveness. Thomas and the others are given another chance. Christ was knocked down, abandoned, betrayed. Yet all is forgiven. He always gives more chances, over and over again ad infinitum. We have an awesome God!  
 
The Fathers of the Church and many Saints believed and taught that there is no limit to God's Mercy. Even at the moment of death, a person has one more chance to say "yes" to God.  I believe that to be true.  "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." "This day you will be with me in Paradise". If he can say that at the lowest moment of His life on earth, why can He not say it to us at the lowest moment of our lives, at death?
 
Remember three things. First, our sins can NEVER be greater than God's Mercy. Second, the greater the sinner the greater right does that sinner have to ask for God's Mercy.  Third, if we can say God is disappointed, He is disappointed when we do not ask for His Mercy. 
 
I believe God is not as strict as we think He is. Certainly, the gospels teach that. We are the ones who are too strict with others. 
 
The traditional Divine Mercy picture. The red and white rays represent the Blood and Water that came out when His heart was pierced, but also the Sacraments of Eucharist and Baptism.

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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. Our novices from this province are part of that 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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