"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.
"If I sought revenge, I would have been a dead man already."- Officer Stephen McDonald, NYPD RIP
Some of you are not from New York and may not be familiar with him and his story. He was a policeman just two years. His wife was three months pregnant. A teenager shot him in the back in the dark in Central Park. He was a practicing Catholic. He was left a parapalegic and in a wheelchair the rest of his life. He was greatly love and revered all over the world. He was a model of what humans are supposed to be - forgiving, merciful, loving, compassionate a man of deep faith. He said he forgave his attacker as a result of his son's baptism. He spent his days giving speeches all over the place in schools, churches, etc. He used his situation as a special mission, especially to youth. His message was always about the things I mentioned above forgiveness, etc. He was not only a hero, he was a sacrament - a holy sign of witness to the world. He built bridges, and tore down walls. He caught us what the human race could become. He taught us how to pray. He had gre devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady. How can we love our best friend without also loving his mother?
Officer McDonald died recently of a heart attack at age 59. I have no doubt he is a saint. I will not be surprised if his cause for canonization will be opened some day. Officer Stephen McDonald, pray for us.
He was without doubt the most respected policeman in NY. The picture below shows Stephen and his son, Conor, who was the child that was born after his father's death. As you can see, he is also a policeman. It is okay if you cry.
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.