CAP CORPS VOLUNTEERS

OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU

We engage our volunteers’ spiritual lives as foundational support for their ongoing spiritual growth.

CYFM and the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Mary are committed to the development of the faith life and ministerial experiences of our Cap Corps Volunteers. We provide meaningful ministry experiences and on-going skill development so that our volunteers can obtain meaningful jobs in the future.

FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITY

Living a simple life in community.

Early in St. Francis’ conversion, he heard the Lord speaking to him to ”Go, rebuild my Church.” At first St. Francis began to rebuild the physical church that was disintegrated. Later, St. Francis realized that God was calling him to rebuild the church spiritually by living out the Gospel. Responding to this call, Francis became popular for his charismatic preaching, love of God in all things, and his simple living. CCVs participate in this tradition today at CYFM in its ministry in the lives of teenagers and families by leading small group discussions and large group presentations, loving those who come through the doors of CYFM.

OUR MINISTRY

Cap Corps Volunteers are active leaders in all of our programming. We minister collaboratively as a team of experienced youth ministers. The spirituality of St. Francis and St. Clare guides all that we do. Our diverse and varied ministry focuses in three main areas: retreats, parish youth ministry, and three, week-long outreach service projects.

RETREAT MINISTRY

CYFM offers a great variety of retreat experiences for young Catholics and their families. For parishes and schools, we offer Pre-Confirmation, Confirmation, and 5th -12th Grade Class Retreats. In addition, we invite youth from all over the Hudson Valley and surrounding areas to come together for our popular 7th and 8th Grade Overnights, Day By Day Agape Crusillo-style weekends, Leadership Training, local and out-of-town, week-long Outreach Retreats, as well as other overnight and weekend retreats throughout the year.

PARISH YOUTH GROUPS

The parish youth minister coordinates the program with the parish core team of adults and teens, facilitates youth participation, and encourages adult volunteers to fill necessary roles. CYFM’s DDA retreat provides a powerful evangelization experience for parish teens and is highly recommended as an integral God’s TYM (Total Youth Ministry) is a youth ministry program on the parish level in conjunction with Capuchin Youth & Family Ministries (CYFM). This program is geared for parish high school teenagers. It is built on the eight components of Youth Ministry as outlined in the 1997 US Bishops’ Pastoral Letter, Renewing the component of a parish’s God’s TYM program.

For more information on becoming a God’s TYM parish and or to attend these trainings. Contact Tom Brinkmann at 845-424-3609 x 223.

OUTREACH PROGRAMS

Capuchin Youth & Family Ministries has three basic outreach programs. Each of which has both faith and service as their base. These three programs are College Capuchin Outreach Program (CCOP), Capuchin Outreach Program (COP), and Capuchin Appalachian Mission. The purpose of these programs is to continue the mission that God gave to Saint Francis of Assisi, “go forth and rebuild my Church."

Community is an essential element of the Cap Corps Volunteer experience. An environment is created where individuals can grow personally, communally, spiritually and ministerally through communal prayer, meals and support.

Cap Corps Volunteers learn how to respect and encourage one another in community. Learning how to communicate with others in community is a skill that can be used beyond the Cap Corps Volunteer in both jobs and relationships.

Simple living allows CCVs to concentrate on personal relationships with people instead of focusing on money

Each week, Cap Corps Volunteers share at least three community meals, three community prayer times, and a special celebration of the Eucharist. Cap Corps Volunteers are also offered the opportunity to participate in spiritual direction.

Cap Corps Volunteers are asked to live simply during their year of service. Simple living allows CCVs to concentrate on personal relationships with people instead of focusing on money.

The volunteers’ home (a.k.a. “The Red House”) is comfortably furnished and has 6 individual bedrooms and two guest rooms as well as plenty of community space to share.

The CYFM community is much larger than the Red House. Cap Corps Volunteers are welcomed by the larger community of CYFM involved families in the area and by the Capuchin Franciscan friars who make the area feel like home.
Our volunteers live in Beacon, NY, in the beautiful Hudson Valley on the majestic Hudson River. Quiet parks, beautiful scenery, and popular hiking trails are all around… and New York City is just a train ride away.

"The content of our message will be heard only when it is lived in our relationships and community life..." - from the Bishops’ letter Renewing the Vision

We are commited to the Cap Corps Volunteers
  • Furnished housing: 8 bedroom house (former convent) in Beacon, NY
  • Health Insurance
  • Major Medical Health Insurance through Catholic Network of Volunteer Services
  • Community car available for ministry related activities
  • Gas money for ministry related activities
  • House phone and Internet provided
  • Program runs from late August - late July

Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry

Generous scholarships to all current/former Cap Corps, NY volunteers that are admitted into one of their degree programs.  A full-tuition scholarship may be available for one or more Cap Corps Volunteers.

Fordham University's Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education

Scholarship awards up to 40% of tuition available to Cap Corps NY Volunteers who are admitted to various Master's degree programs.  A limited number of Guaduate Assistantships can increase the financial aid, some covering full tuition.

The Master's degree programs include:

  • M.A. Religious Education
  • M.A. Education in Youth and Young Adult Ministry 
  • M.A. in Pastoral Care
  • M.A. in Pastorial Counseling
  • M.A. in Pastoral Studies
  • M.A. in Christian Spirituality

Certificates include:

  • Certificate in Faith Formation
  • Certicate in Spiritual Direction
Emily Thomas | ethomas@capuchin.org

Emily grew up in Mantua, New Jersey alongside her brother, Kenny. From a young age, her parents, Ken and Kathy, instilled in her a love of God and family. It’s also because of them that she enjoys reading, traveling, and cheering on Philadelphia’s sports teams. Raised attending Protestant churches, it wasn’t until college that Emily became a practicing Catholic.

Emily graduated from King’s College in May 2019. During her time there, she was involved in retreats and campus ministry, which lead to an increasing desire to learn more about Catholicism. As she did so, Emily found that it was through the sacraments and the teachings of the Catholic Church that she was indeed able to make faith her own. This past Easter season, Emily was confirmed. Now, she’s incredibly excited to be continuing her faith journey at CYFM.

Elizabeth D'Alessandro | edalessandro@capuchin.org

Hi! My name is Beth D’Alessandro, and I look forward to starting my year as a CCV. I’m from a small town in western Massachusetts about two hours from Garrison, and I absolutely adore the northeast. I hope to settle down in Massachusetts someday. I’m from a huge extended family and have an extraordinary relationship with them as well as my parents and four older brothers. We are super tight knit, and I consider them my number one. I went to Stony Brook University and graduated a year ago with a BA in anthropology. I also minored in Religious Studies and Spanish. I spent a semester abroad in Madrid and learned so much about myself. I was involved in the Newman Club at SBU, and my testimony starts with my mission trip to Kentucky when I was a freshman. Ever since then I knew I wanted to pursue Campus Ministry. My love for service brought me to Philadelphia last year where I worked at a middle school that served under-resourced families. It was an incredible experience, and I had such a close relationship with my students that I wanted to work with young people for another year. CYFM is more up my alley because it revolves around youth ministry so it can prepare me for the future I have in mind. After this year, I hope to attend graduate school and earn an MDiv and MSW so I can pursue both my passions of campus ministry and service through Social Work.

Danielle Drop | ddrop@capuchin.org

Raised in the small town of Durham, CT, Danielle Drop now lives with her parents, Anne and Dan, in the even smaller town of Mohnton, PA in the heart of Amish country. An only child for a brief two years, Danielle has two younger twin sisters, Jessica and Samantha, who run cross country and track for the University of Georgia. The family wouldn’t be complete without Danielle’s beloved dog, Pepper, an adorable bluetick coonhound mix.

Despite being a long-time parishioner of St. Coleman’s Church in Middlefield, CT, Danielle’s faith did not truly become her own until she became involved with campus ministry at Hofstra University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Public Relations and minored in

French and Drama. Inspired one October day to attend her first campus mass, Danielle learned about the Newman Club’s upcoming fall retreat. In a (literal) leap of faith, she attended the retreat, and she’s been hooked on Jesus ever since! As a member of the Newman Club, Danielle participated in weekly meetings, various service projects, and mission trips to Camden, NY and Tiger, GA.

After her trip to Camden, Danielle was inspired to serve after graduation, and one of the missionaries informed her about the Catholic Volunteer Network and its year of service programs. She followed this call and, after much research and a heartfelt talk with former CCV Mary Russomanno, she applied to be a Cap Corps Volunteer.

Danielle is the first Cap Corps who, after her graduation at Hofstra, began a hybrid Masters of Arts program at Boston College to study Theology and Ministry. She completed her first six weeks of classes on campus this past summer, and she (very skillfully!) balances one online class a semester during her Cap Corps year. This master’s program also means this CCV will be back for a second year, and she’s excited for the possibilities in store.

Danielle is a proud dog lover, world traveler, amateur artist, and a firm believer in the power of a good cup of (black!) coffee. When she’s not busy leading retreats, doing schoolwork, or running our Instagram account, Danielle can often be found running around Beacon, often in a pair of sneakers, but sometimes with her camera in one hand and an almond milk latte in the other. Her other Cap Corps can attest she never manages to sit still long enough to rest, but when she does, she enjoys watching musicals or reading up on the saints.

Elizabeth Lococo | elococo@capuchin.org

“Liz Lococo is thrilled to be serving God in ministry and artistry with the Capuchins. She is a creative Catholic who enjoys making theatre, music, and visual art. Having grown up in the Hudson Valley, she was exposed to many awesome Catholic communities including her childhood parish (St. Peter’s of Kingston,) Camp Veritas, and Catholic Hudson Valley Young Adults. CYFM was a later realization. At SUNY New Paltz, she majored in theatre and became very involved in Catholic Campus Ministry. It was during these years that she was attracted to service and ministry. In January of 2018, she had the opportunity to attend a conference led by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students that changed her life. There she was inspired to pursue a career that would fill not only her creative passions but also benefit the Church and nurture her relationship with God. She began volunteering with St. Joseph’s youth group that spring. There she met Tom Brinkman (Executive Director) who, among many,  recommended that Liz visit CYFM. After attending Family Festiva and seeing the love and faith shared in this community, she knew that she had to share in that. Throughout her senior year of college, in addition to serving her campus ministry as president, she attended many retreats at CYFM. This helped prepare Liz to serve as a CCV this year, also as director for the Acting Camp at Veritas and rector/assistant director for CLASP 2019. Having the ability to honor and praise our Lord in creative ways is an absolute blessing. She could not be more grateful to her family and friends for supporting her in this year of service.”

Alma Vera | avera@capuchin.org

Alma Vera daughter to Felipe Vera and Alma Montelongo is the third of four sisters. She grew up in a very lively household, which has not stopped growing with the addition of now six nieces and nephews combined between her two older sisters! She was born in Houston, Texas but currently lives in Columbus, Indiana with her parents. Naturally, she loves listening to country music but because of her Mexican background also enjoys the occasional traditional Mexican folk dance.

Alma is currently a student at Marian University in Indianapolis majoring in Health and Human Services with a minor in Psychology. She will be taking a gap year to serve at CYFM. She enjoys taking walks or reading a book any chance she gets. Black coffee with just a little bit of honey if available is her go to each morning.

Alma currently helps with the hispanic youth group at her home parish—St. Bartholomew, but as her responsibilities and involvement grew, she was invited to start thinking more seriously if she was living out the life that God was calling her to.

She first heard about CYFM from the youth minister who currently works at St. B’s. Scotty Biggs is a former CCV himself and motivated Alma to think about what her ministry work meant to her long term. He suggested that she consider spending a year dedicated to serving the Lord in order to allow herself all the growth in ministry, spirituality, and community living that CYFM offers!

Alma will be the first of her sisters to move away so far from home, which makes her a little nervous, but she’s so excited to immerse herself in her work with CYFM and learn as much as she possibly can. She also is reassured in knowing that Mama Mary will be watching over and interceding for her all along the way!

2017 - 2018
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Andrew Pugliese – SUNY Oswego
Krista Sudyk – Wheeling Jesuit University

2016 - 2017
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Dan Adrat – St. Bonaventure University

Ryan Gagnon – Rensslaer Polytechnic Institute

Nick Goldberg – SUNY Cobleskill

Katey Santilli – Providence College

Vanesa Zuleta – Providence College

2015 -2016
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Amanda Bielat – Marywood University

Paul Francisco – Providence College

Valerie Kisselback – College of Holy Cross

Mary Mullan – Hofstra University

Samantha Pashel – Saint Vincent College

2014 - 2015
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Kelley Borowy – Providence College

Megan Capurso – Mount Saint Mary College

Katherine Cavazzini – University of Scranton

Hollis Dunlop – Providence College

Lindsay Gilbert – Western Conn Univ/Providence College

James La Grutta – Siena College

Joe Moreshead – Fordham University

2013 - 14
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Scotty Biggs, Eastern Kentucky University

Courtney Callanan, University of Rochester & Boston College

Katie Rotterman, The University of Scranton

Lauretta Ruppert, Xavier University

2012 - 13
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David Carvalho – Siena College

Robert Gadomski – The University of Scranton

Michael Mejia – Trinity College

Lauren Numrich – Siena College

Carina Scecchitano – Dutchess Community College

2011-12
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Caitlin Cienski – Hofstra University

Angela Cortese – Orange Community College

William Grogan – University of Scranton

Kelly Hughes – Providence College

Amy Kelley – Western Connecticut University

Joseph Lindzius – Loyola University & University of Illinois

Katherine Purple – The Catholic University of America

Kaitlyn Steele – Loyola University

2010-11
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Andrea Carrera – Santa Clara

Elizabeth D’Onofrio – St. Bonaventure University

Vijay DaCosta – Le Moyne College & Fordham University

Benjamin DeTrempec – United States Military Academy

Christine Guariglia – Scranton University

Matthew Patella – Catholic University

Amy Schille – Central Washington University

2009 - 10
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Cara Annese – Assumption College

Anthony Iraola – College of St. Rose

Mary Kate Lowe – Millersville University

Brian Niemiec – Catholic University

Katie-Sue Scullin – Providence College

2008 - 09
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Mary Beth Bumbolow – Sienna College

Jenna Connor – University of Dayton

Martine Joseph – Iona College

2007 - 08
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Matthew Fallon – Catholic University

Emma O’Donnell – Catholic University

Jennifer Owens – St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry

Maureen Weissler – Fontbonne University

2006 - 07
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Diana Caporaso – SUNY New Paltz

April Reece – UNC Greensboro

2005 - 06
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Claire Lajoie – Assumption College

Lori Rogers – Marquette University

Ann Schwartz – Shippensburg University

Mike “Pokey” Tenney – Catholic University

Maureen Weissler – Fontbonne University

2004 - 05
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Marie Jochum – Catholic University

Melissa Lees – Marywood University

Karla Pruemer – St. Louis University

Edward Rogers IV – Catholic University

Elizabeth (Liz) Sjoberg – Mary Washington College

2003 - 04
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Kerry Durkin – Providence College

Michelle Kelley – SUNY New Paltz

Erik Lenhart – USMA West Point

Kathleen (Katie) Pinard – St Joseph’s College

Lauren Schwer – Boston College

Jason (Jay) Sclafani – Boston College

2002 - 03
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Diane Conroy – University of New Hampshire

Theresa Donnelly – SUNY Binghamton

Kristen Hempstead – Loyola Univ.- New Orleans

Tania Tolentino – St. Thomas Aquinas College

2001 - 02
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Peter Baltutis – University of Richmond

Andi Comfort – University of Dayton

Charles Mailloux – Boston College

Philip Oslin – University of Scranton

Jessica Robinson – University of Scranton

Christella Short – St. Bonaventure University

2000 - 01
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Kevin Corr – University of Scranton

Mandy Dillon – University of Notre Dame

Christine Driessen – Catholic University

Kelly Gradale – Providence College

Len Mancini – University of Scranton

Sean O’Driscoll – University of Texas

1999 - 2000
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Tom Andriello – Syracuse University

Michael Chiappone – St. Joseph’s College

James Hanley – Monroe Community College

Kelly Krug – LeMoyne College

Tara Seib – Dillon – Loyola College

Leah Thomas – University of Notre Dame

1998 - 99
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Monica Bomkamp – University of Dayton

Laura Bouchard – University of Virginia

Christopher Dionne – St. Joseph’s College

Drew Krafcik – University of Dayton

Court Gebeau – Trenton State University

Rita Richardson – DeSales University

1997 - 98
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Beth Palumbos-DeBeech – SUNY Oswego

Kevin Dowd – Harvard University

Matthew Dougherty – University of Dayton

Patrick Dulzer – University of Dayton

Kelly Johnson – Holy Cross

Megan Shepherd – University of Notre Dame

1996 - 97
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Patrick Barredo – University of Notre Dame

Kevin Dowd – Harvard University

Beth Bradon-Phillips – Rice University

Robert Purcell – University of Notre Dame

1995 - 96
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Johnny Aldas – University of New Mexico

Michael Kravatz – Fordham University

Brian McConville – University of Notre Dame

Michael Thurlow – University of Notre Dame

1994 - 95
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John Campbell — Southern Connecticut U.

Kennith Rodrigo – SUNY Stonybrook

1993 - 94
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Rob Duncan — Fairleigh Dikenson University 

David Dziena — Iona College

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