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Discernment Weekend Draws a Crowd

       It was another great turnout for an Alverno Discernment Weekend in August.  Our brothers Rafa Anguiano, OFM Cap., and Tom Betz, OFM Cap., were ably assisted by Brs. Alex Hostoffer, OFM Cap., Andrew CorrienteOFM Cap., and Brian WoffordOFM Cap., who arrived in Salisbury, PA, and our Alverno Retreat house outside of town, to lead 16 young men discerning a call to the Religious Life as a Capuchin Friar.

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Fr. DePaul Ripko, 1926-2016

DePaul2       Fr. DePaul Ripko, OFM Cap., died on July 29, 2016, in Pittsburgh, PA. He was 89.

       He was born on September 10, 1926 in Nižná Myšľa in eastern Slovakia. At the time of his birth, the village was a part of what was then "Czechoslovakia." His parents, Joseph and Elizabeth (Potocky). gave him the name Anthony at his baptism; he would be their only child.

       Anthony and his mother emigrated to the United States in 1937 and settled in Slovan, PA. They were members of Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Burgettstown, and Anthony attended the public elementary school in Slovan.

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Three Brothers Profess their Vows

2016 TEMPProf01       On Saturday, July 16, 2016, our brothers Rigobel Azanwi, OFM Cap., Stephen Wright, OFM Cap., and Theo Simatupang, OFM Cap., professed the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in the presence of our Provincial Minister, Tom Betz, OFM Cap., and the friars, friends and families who were present for the celebration.

 

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The Novices Head toward Vows


2016 07 Caperone

The novices have left their 'nest'
of the novitiate in Santa Ynes, CA,
and all of the brothers are headed
to their respective Provinces
to profess their first vows
as Capuchin Franciscans.

You can download their final edition of the Caperone,
the monthly novitiate newsletter,
and find out where all of the newest friars are headed from here. 

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A month to celebrate

      June was a month to remember and cherish for the Capuchin Province of St. Augustine.

       In the tradtion established for our brotherhood by our father St. Francis of Assisi, our Provincial elective Chapter was held from May 30- June 3. In Harrisburg, PA, the friars gathered to discuss our life and to elect those who would serve us for the next three years. Br. Tom Betz, OFM Cap., who has served as our Vocation Director, was elected as our new Provincial Minister, and his Council of advisors was also chosen.

       On June 11, three of our friars, Brian Stacy, OFM Cap., Rafael Anguiano, OFM Cap. and Juan Antonio Cruz, OFM Cap., were ordained to the priesthood in Pittsburgh, PA, by our Capuchin confrere, Bp. Don Lippert, OFM Cap., now serving as the Bishop of the Mendi Diocese in Papua New Guinea.

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Br. Alfred Vincent, 1929-2016

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06/30/2016

Read the tribute by Fr. Bonaventure:
"The Warrior Chased the Little Way"

       Br. Alfred Francis Vincent, OFM Cap., died Thursday, June 9, 2016, at Sacred Heart Nursing Home in Hyattsville, MD. He was 87.

       Born in Keene, NH, to Omer and Dora (Provencher) Vincent on January 28, 1929, Br. Alfred was baptized at St. Bernard Church in Keene and later attended the parish elementary school. He graduated from the Keene public high school in 1947.

       Br. Alfred was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Paul, and his sister, Marian Rocheleau. He is survived by his brother George Vincent of Keene, NH.

       At 19 in 1948, he was inducted into the U. S. Army and was wounded while fighting for the American forces in Korea in 1950. He was discharged with honors from military service in 1951.

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Scenes from a Holy Week

Easter2016

        The friars of the St. Augustine wish you a blessed and joyous Easter Season! Here is a sample of the friars who checked in with a glimpse of their Holy Week celebrations across our Capuchin Province.

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A New Truck for St. John Hospice

Meza TruckDedication

       For St. John's Hospice in Philadelphia, PA, the arrival of a new truck was a reason to rejoice, and our brothers Mike Meza, OFM Cap., Operations Manager for the Hospice (pictured) and John Daya, OFM Cap., were there.  A story from Catholic Philly recounts the event . . .

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Leopold and Pio Have Arrived

Pio Leopold 2       Huge crowds gathered in Rome for the veneration of the bodies of our Capuchin saints Leopold Mandic and Pio of Pietrlcina. The bodies of the Italian brothers were brought to Rome earlier in the week from their respective places of repose in Padua and San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, and were venerated in ceremonies marking their arrival in St. Peter Square on Friday night, February 5.  After their repositioning inside the Basilica, authorities had hoped to secure the doors at 11pm, but because of the queues, it was 3am before they were able to accomplish it. 

       The Holy Father has set aside these days to commission a worldwide group of "Missionaries of Mercy." Our brothers Leopold Mandic and Pio of Pietrlcina give witness to the call for Reonciliation through God's Mercy which was a hallmark of both friars' lives. St. Leopold worked in the northern Italian province of Veneto and St. Pio from the southern province of Foggia.

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