"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.
"A ray of light enables us to see the dust that is in the air. In the same way, the lives of the saints show up our defects. If we fail to see our faults, it is because we have not looked at the lives of holy men and women."- St. Anthony of Padua
On June 13, we celebrated the feast of St. Anthony. He is one of the great lights of the Franciscan order- a priest and doctor of the Church, born in Portugal.
The picture below is exactly the same picture I have in my room and was my mother's. She had great devotion to him and went every Tuesday to a novena for him. I can still see her sitting in a wing-backed chair telling me stories about him and the other saints. The picture was on the wall just to her right behind her.
Prayer intention: For the entire Franciscan Order and for all those devoted to St. Anthony.
On August 23, three men entered our postulancy program in East New York. There they began to live the Capuchin life and there they will continue their discernment of God's will for them. We are truly blessed to have them among us, and as they bring their gifts and their eagerness to serve God's Church, they will greatly enrich our Capuchin fraternity.
Scott Leet Francisco Serrano
To read reflections by our new postulants, please click here. http://www.capuchin.org/vocations/stages/Reflections_FriarsinPostulancy
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.