Vocations

"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

                 

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                                      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.

                                                                               

"Saint Joseph was the just man by his constant fidelity, an effect of justice; by his perfect discretion, a sister to prudence; by his upright conduct, a mark of strength; by his chastity, a flower of temperance."-  St. Albert the Great

On Monday, May 1 we celebrated the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, patron of all workers. This day was instituted to counteract the Communist celebration of May Day where the focus is on the State and not the workers. They are seen as servants of the State to make it great. On the other hand, the Church sees it as the State that is supposed to take care of the workers. Pope Leo XIII wrote and Encyclical entitled Rerum Novarum- On the rights of workers in response to Marxism. In it, he advocates for just and equal pay, the right to strike, proper housing, medical care, etc. A perfect example how the Church is always way ahead of society on such matters. So God Bless all you workers out there! Le us pray that our country does not lose way on this issue and others.

The Conference of Major Superiors of Men have designated this year May 1 the first annual day in honor of Religious Brothers in the United States. the Executive Director is a Capuchin Franciscan, Fr. John Pavlik, ofm cap.   There are approximately 5,000 Brothers in the United Sates, teaching, nursing, counseling, missionaries, running soup kitchens, cooking, doing maintenance work, secretaries, superiors, vocation work, participating in the liturgy, etc.etc.  So please pray for the Brothers today and pray for more Brother vocations.

Unfortunately, many people do not know what Brothers are or even know we exist. Brothers work in the background and without fanfare. Some people think Brothers are second class to priests. We did not "go all the way" to priesthood. They are two distinct coequal vocations  .A  wheel has spokes. All are equal. All are needed.  Fill an eight-ounce glass with water to the brim.  Do the same with a sewing thimble. Both are full. Both are complete. The thimble could not be jealous of the glass or feel denied. Hence, the same with Brothers. The priests and Brothers are all full and complete and not in competition.

Also, another thing people do not know is that many Brothers are more educated than many priests. So it is not a matter of education. Jesus Himself referred to the Apostles as "my brothers. Tell them they will see me in Galilee."  I was on the vocation committee for the Religious Brothers Conference. It promoted devotion to Jesus Brother.

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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. Joseph Friary, 34 South Chestnut Street, New Paltz, NY 12561; or 845-642-1025; or brotimjonesofmcap@gmail.com.

                                                                    
                    
   

Our Capuchin Novitiate

Our Capuchin Novitiate

Please click the link below to see a video describing our Capuchin novitiate in California. Our novices from this province are part of that community.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

To get the answers to some frequently asked questions about the Capuchins, please click the link below.

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Reflections on consecrated life

Reflections on consecrated life

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.

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