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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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
Andrew Pugliese |

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.

Krista Sudyk |

Krista was born in Pittsburgh, PA to Gary and Carol Sudyk and raised in East McKeesport, PA. She is the younger sister of Michelle and Andy. She also has a niece named Cara. Her home parish, St. Robert Bellarmine, has been like a second family throughout her life. She was highly involved with the youth group and was a representative on the Diocesan Youth Council for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Throughout high school she participated in various retreats, faith sharing groups, and World Youth Days.

She attended Wheeling Jesuit University, in Wheeling, West Virginia. While there she studied Theology and minored in Literature. She was active in Campus Ministry, the Service for Social Action Center, and the Appalachian Institute. She helped lead retreats and small prayer groups on campus. She lived in an intentional living community called the Mother Jones House in East Wheeling with some of her peers during her Junior and Senior year. As a part of this she did work with an afterschool program, Catholic Charities, and community dinners. Her time spent at a Jesuit school has led her to be interested in justice issues and service. She is thrilled to spend a year at CYFM learning through service and community.

2017 - 2018

Andrew Pugliese – SUNY Oswego
Krista Sudyk – Wheeling Jesuit University

2016 - 2017

Dan Adrat – St. Bonaventure University

Ryan Gagnon – Rensslaer Polytechnic Institute

Nick Goldberg – SUNY Cobleskill

Katey Santilli – Providence College

Vanesa Zuleta – Providence College

2015 -2016

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

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

2013 - 14

Scotty Biggs, Eastern Kentucky University

Courtney Callanan, University of Rochester & Boston College

Katie Rotterman, The University of Scranton

Lauretta Ruppert, Xavier University

2012 - 13

David Carvalho – Siena College

Robert Gadomski – The University of Scranton

Michael Mejia – Trinity College

Lauren Numrich – Siena College

Carina Scecchitano – Dutchess Community College


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


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

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

Mary Beth Bumbolow – Sienna College

Jenna Connor – University of Dayton

Martine Joseph – Iona College

2007 - 08

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

Diana Caporaso – SUNY New Paltz

April Reece – UNC Greensboro

2005 - 06

Claire Lajoie – Assumption College

Lori Rogers – Marquette University

Ann Schwartz – Shippensburg University

Mike “Pokey” Tenney – Catholic University

Maureen Weissler – Fontbonne University

2004 - 05

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

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

Diane Conroy – University of New Hampshire

Theresa Donnelly – SUNY Binghamton

Kristen Hempstead – Loyola Univ.- New Orleans

Tania Tolentino – St. Thomas Aquinas College

2001 - 02

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

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

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

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

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

Patrick Barredo – University of Notre Dame

Kevin Dowd – Harvard University

Beth Bradon-Phillips – Rice University

Robert Purcell – University of Notre Dame

1995 - 96

Johnny Aldas – University of New Mexico

Michael Kravatz – Fordham University

Brian McConville – University of Notre Dame

Michael Thurlow – University of Notre Dame

1994 - 95

John Campbell — Southern Connecticut U.

Kennith Rodrigo – SUNY Stonybrook

1993 - 94

Rob Duncan — Fairleigh Dikenson University 

David Dziena — Iona College


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