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

                 

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We are very happy to announce that five young men have just been accepted into our postulancy program.  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.

 

          

Please click here to read about these very good men who are willing to discern with us what God is calling them to.  http://publishing.capuchin.org/Page Content Documents/postulancy class 2014-5.pdf

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

                                                                    
                    
   

An experience of Capuchin fraternity, service, and minority

An experience of Capuchin fraternity, service, and minority

As part of their formation, four of our brothers traveled to Central America to explore what it means to be brother, minor, and servant in a different culture. Please click below to read more about their experience.

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Our recent professions of vows

Our recent professions of vows

Four of our brothers recently professed vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience in the Capuchin Franciscan order. To see photos of the celebration, please click below and then click the Flickr link at the bottom of the document.

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Meet the men who were just accepted into postulancy

Meet the men who were just accepted into postulancy

We are very happy to announce that five men have just been accepted into our postulancy program. Please click here to read about these men who will continue their discernment with the Capuchins.

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