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.

                                                                               

On Wednesday, May 31, we celebrated the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary when, after the Angel Gabriel appeared to her to tell her she was chosen to be the Mother of God's Son in the world she visited her cousin Elizabeth. The angel told Mary that Elizabeth was also with child and in her sixth month.  Upon her arrival and greeting Elizabeth, the child in her womb "leaped for joy!" The Holy Spirit came upon her.  Mary then proclaims her Magnificat, "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior . . ."  

A couple of observations about this event. First of all, it is one of my favorite passages of the New Testament. It is a wonderful point for the argument of the sacredness of human life. At the moment of conception divine life is already in the womb. When I was teaching the Infancy Narratives and or morality, I used to say, "Take that, abortionists!"  One time a mother of one of my students told me her son loved it when I said that.

Secondly, it demonstrates Mary's charity of thinking of the needs of other's before herself. She focuses on "the other" instead of herself. Both Christ and the abortionist uses the same words, "This is my body . . ."  A major difference is Christ sacrifices Himself for "the other". Whereas the abortionist sacrifices "the other" for themselves. Mary does the same thing. Her focus is always "Christocentric." It is never on herself. The last words of Mary recorded in the Gospel are, "Do whatever He tells you." What does He tell us? "Love one another as I have loved you." The Gospel, the Gospel, the Gospel!!! For us, the Gospel supersedes all!  Etre Catholique c'est tous!

Thirdly,  it is interesting to me that this year the feast is in the middle of the week before Pentecost. The Apostles and Mary were waiting for the coming of the "Advocate" that Jesus promised. Think of all the times we must wait, i.e. doctor's office, traffic jams, the mail, the light to change, our order in a restaurant,  etc. From the Visitation, they were waiting for the birth of two boys to be born.  When we go to church we are in our "upper room" waiting for the Holy Spirit to descend upon us each time we are there. But this coming weekend in a very special way. We are waiting that the Holy Spirit will impregnate our souls with the seed of Divine Life that we may, in turn, give birth to Christ to the world in our own time which is so much in need of renewal.  "Come Holy Spirit and renew the face of the earth . . ."

De Maria Numquam Satis - Of Mary Never Enough                                              

 

                                                                 

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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. Novices from all over the country make up this 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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