Preach the Gospel
“Preach the gospel always – if necessary use words”
The sentiment belongs to Francis of Assisi who urged his followers to witness to the good news of the gospel of Jesus in a manner that would allow their neighbors to see and hear the truth of God’s love in simple and direct ways. This concern to announce the gospel in both simple word and humble deed has been at the heart of the Franciscan movement ever since.
In the 16th century – a time of great tumult and anxiety for the western churches – the Capuchin reform of the Franciscan movement gave rise to a renewed commitment to announce the gospel in both word and deed. Whether tending the victims of plague and disease, meeting the needs of the poor and forgotten or preaching to their neighbors, Capuchin friars brought the gospel to life in word and deed.
Capuchin friars of the Province of St. Mary have brought this gospel witness in word and deed to the people of New York, New England and beyond for over 150 years. While grounded in direct ministry to the poor, the friars have also dedicated themselves to speaking in simple, direct and vivid words that help to bring the gospel alive for people living amid the hectic pace and complex world of the 21st century.
To Engage Us....
Information about our Preaching Ministry is organized from the audience’s point of view. If you wish to identify and schedule one of our Capuchin preachers to bring the words and spirit of the gospel to your group, please do the following:
Identify your group using the categories listed in the navigation panel on the left.
Select the appropriate group within the navigation panel to see the various topics prepared for that group. Please understand that our preachers can develop or tailor a topic to meet the unique needs of your group.
Scroll through those topics with their descriptions to better understand the relevant message within each topic. It’s important to remember that these messages can be tailored to meet the particular needs of your group or community.
Select any of the preachers identified within the topical list to see a short biography of that preacher.
Use the Contact Us box on right to schedule a preacher or if you have any questions.
Follow Fr. Jack Rathschmidt on his Blog... Select Here to share his reflections on the daily scriptures.
Please remember....We will do whatever we can to meet the spiritual needs of your group or community.