"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 Tuesday, October 4 the entire Franciscan Order (First Order, Second Order, Third Order Regular and Third Order Secular of Penance) celebrated the Solemnity of our Holy Father St. Francis of Assisi. (1182 - 1226). The Poverello, the poor man of Assisi, the Christ of Umbria.
What the Crusades could not do, burgeoning papal power did not accomplish, and the threat or promise of hell or heaven would never do, Francis and Clare accomplished with the help of the Holy Spirit. They transformed thousands, and then, over time, millions of lives with their way of life. To live in the spirit of Francis and Clare today is to model Christ in ways that will cause you to be dismissed as a fool, forgotten like the poor, reviled for our optimism, and yet, somehow remain enormously attractive to the rest of the world who are seeking peace and meaning. Perhaps that is the sort of revolution we need today. As I said several times before, Francis and Clare were revolutionaries. The revolution continues on through his sons and daughters. Deo Gratias!
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.