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
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
- Certificate in Faith Formation
- Certicate in Spiritual Direction
Andrew Pugliese | firstname.lastname@example.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.
Krista Sudyk | email@example.com
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.