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 programing. 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
Cassie Brouillard | cassie@cyfm.org

Cassie, otherwise known as “the old soul” of the 2018-2019 Cap Corps Class, comes from a family of seven. She has two wonderful parents and four supportive and loving siblings: Noelle, Danielle, Joey, and of course, Mandy, her twin who is also doing a service year! She grew up in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire along the beautiful Seacoast area. Here she came to love kayaking, cross-country skiing (more affordable for a family of seven!), hiking, and beach-going. Much to everyone’s surprise though, she is still not used to the New England weathers!

Cassie graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts with a double major in Music and Catholic Studies. Jamming on guitar and piano are two of her greatest pastimes! More recently she has started writing her own songs.

She loves to run and swim (when it’s nice out!), but has also started to develop some other great hobbies. You can find her frequenting poetry nights with her housemates (and Capuchin Friar Fr. Bob), window shopping around Main Street Beacon, visiting Ella Bella’s coffee shop, and relaxing with some post-work yoga.

She became interested in the Cap Corps Program when she was a junior in college through a fellow Holy Cross grad – Valerie Kisselback. She had always been interested in youth ministry and knew that she would find a supportive community here at CYFM that would help her to grow closer to the person that the Lord was calling her to be! While the Jesuits and their Ignatian spirituality still hold a special place in her heart, she has managed to make some room for the Franciscans!

She is currently discerning where the Lord is leading her following the CCV year. By the grace of God, she will be continuing her education through a Master’s program focused on theology and ministry. Her goal is to work as a hospice or hospital chaplain or as a mental health counselor, focusing on caring for the whole person that God created each one of us to be in mind, body, and spirit.

Oh, and here are a few of her favorite saints who work tirelessly to pray for her wretched soul: St. Dymphna, St. Ignatius, St. Alphonsus of Ligouri, and Our Mother Mary.

Danielle Drop | danielle@cyfm.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.

Gina Morgese | gina@cyfm.org

Gina was born and raised in Carbondale PA. She is the daughter of Ronald Morgese and Carla Cerra-Morgese and granddaughter of Isabelle and Bernard Cerra. Growing up, Gina attended Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Carbondale, PA, where her faith was nurtured throughout her life. She served as an altar server and sacristan. Throughout high school, Gina participated in various service trips with them and volunteered in her community.

Gina attended Marywood University in Scranton, PA, majoring in Social Work with minors in psychology and peace and justice. She was very active in Campus Ministry during her time at Marywood. She participated in the Alternative Break Service Trip Program and served as a retreat leader. In addition, Gina served as a member of the Youth Ministry Team and lead Confirmation retreats. During her sophomore, junior and seniors years, she lived in a Christian intentional living community, called Big House.

Gina’s involvement in service during college sparked her passion for campus and youth ministry. She first heard about the CYFM from her college friend, who was a CCV. She feels very blessed and thankful to have the opportunity to serve as CCV this year as she discerns God’s plan for her life. Her other interests include American history, music, hiking, and reading.

Regis O’Neill | regis@cyfm.org

Regis was born in Hartford, CT to Jennifer and Regis O’Neill Sr. and raised in Middletown, CT. He is the older brother of Lina and Nathalie and cousin to over 40 raucous O’Neills and Antogninis. He has always been well acquainted with the Capuchins, having grown up in at St. Pius X Church (a Capuchin parish). He was baptized by CYFM’s own Fr. Fred, and participated in the production of Fr. Erik’s “X: A Pius Musical” in 2016. Regis also served on the Peer Ministry Team at St. Pius for a number of years, serving a one-year term as Youth Liaison to the Parish Council.

When he was a junior at Xavier High School, Regis attended COP 2012, his first CYFM retreat. After experiencing a profound awakening of faith, he attended over 20 more retreats throughout high school and college. CYFM has been his second home since his high school days, which played a large part in drawing him to become a Cap Corps Volunteer. Regis attended the University of Hartford, graduating in May 2018 with a BA in Communications, Media & Journalism. He has dreams of hosting his own sports talk radio show and has worked with many professional TV and radio organizations throughout his college career.

Regis absolutely loves working at CYFM. He’s grateful to God for the opportunity to give teens the same deep, enriching faith experience that he received when he came to CYFM. When he’s not running retreats or working in the office, he enjoys crossword puzzles, video games, board games, reading, and swing dancing. He plans to stay involved with the CYFM community long after his Cap Corps year, and thanks God every day for the true blessing that this place is.

Rose Ousey | rose@cyfm.org

Rose Ousey hails from Downingtown, PA and is the firstborn of John and DeAnna Ousey. Along with her younger sister Elissa, Rose went to Catholic school K-12 which helped set a solid foundation for her Catholic faith. A combination of exploring Aquinas philosophy in a religion class and a Kairos retreat her senior year of high school sparked Rose’s desire to grown in faith, as she discovered the beautiful truths of Catholicism and experienced God’s love for her in a personal way.

At Elizabethtown College, where she got her BA in Psychology and a minor in music, Rose really made faith her own by digging into the Bible, building Christian friendships, and stepping up into leadership positions in her Catholic campus ministry. Her college’s motto is “Educate for Service”, which she lived out by volunteering with her campus ministry and spending two years in a service-based living community (shout-out to Random Acts of Kindness House). Now, thanks to encouragement from her campus minister Ann Schwartz (former CCV) and a visit to CYFM during College COP 2018, she’s continuing to live out that motto, and God’s call, by committing a year of service as a CCV.

When she’s not running retreats or leading music breaks on her guitar (or a percussion instrument if she can find one), Rose enjoys reading, playing any kind of board or card game, and drinking a quality cup of tea. Some of her favorite Catholics things are: the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Adoration, the Mass, the Litany of Trust, and the saints (shout-out St. Philomena, Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, & St. JPII). She is beyond excited to be diving into youth ministry this year and building community here at CYFM.

Andrew Pugliese | andrew@cyfm.org

Andrew is from Rotterdam, NY, a suburb of Schenectady, just a ways up I-87 from CYFM. He has two awesome parents, Joe and Claire, and an older brother Taylor.

Growing up, he attended St. Madeleine Sophie’s in Guilderland, NY, where his faith was sparked in sixth grade after experiencing the high school youth group Taylor was a part of with his friends. From coffee houses to funny skits about parables to awesome Christian concerts, those teens showed Andrew how great and vibrant a church community can be.

In 2013, Andrew started studying journalism at SUNY Oswego where Taylor was just finishing up his bachelor’s degree. His older brother’s participation in the Newman Center at Oswego played a large role in Andrew’s decision to journey to the shores of Lake Ontario. Once there, Andrew dove head first into campus ministry as a retreat team coordinator for the Center’s many confirmation and young adults retreats, as well as teaching Religious Ed.

Some of Andrew’s other passions include sports, history (American most of all) and music (he knows way too much about Christian music).

His campus minister Mike Huynh put CYFM on his radar during his senior year because an old friend of Mike’s whom he had lived in community with some years ago named Tom McNamara was the director of the CCV program.

Fr. Tomas may have moved on but Andrew is excited to get to work with a staff full of great people and see if the passion for youth ministry that began stirring in college may be directing him toward his true vocation. Either way, he’s looking forward to hanging out with some awesome teens this year and walking the journey with them.

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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