In August, one of our candidates entered our postulancy program which will be held this year in Jamaica Plain, MA. There he will live the Capuchin life and there he will continue his discernment of God's will for him. We are truly blessed to have Bill among us, and as he brings his gifts and his eagerness to serve God's Church, he will greatly enrich our Capuchin fraternity.
After so many years of discernment, I have finally taken the first step of many to where I hope God is truly calling me. I have always wanted to become a Catholic priest, however as the years went by, I learned more and more of what it took to be one; such as going through the steps required to even be accepted as a postulant. Though I have yet to pass the starting line, just being able to say that I am currently applying feels like an accomplishment in intself.
With the future in sight, there are many things that come to mind when hearing the word 'postulancy'; one being 'opportunity'...that I may have the opportunity to take the next step in social work as a part of the Capuchin Friars, such as helping the poor and destitute. Secondly, being able to continue deepening my spiritual faith with the help of my fellow brothers; it has been the greatest pleasure in joining them on the discernment weekends. I feel as if I have known them all my life. I can only hope that I will work alongside them for the years to come.
I pray that I am up for the challenge; God Willing I shall see this through.
A local Catholic television station recently visited a previous class of postulants in East New York to show their life and to give them an opportunity to share their stories of how God is calling them to serve Him. To see the segment that was aired, please click here.
To see a video of another class of postulants reflecting on what led them to the Capuchins and sharing their advice on discernment, please click here.
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.