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Fr. Bryan's 'Driving Force'

BryanShortallFr. Bryan Shortall, OFM Cap. (left), is a Capuchin confrere in the Province of Ireland. Our brother Bryan offers some inspiring reflections about his own vocation to our Capuchin brotherhood and of his priestly service to the people of Dublin.  It's worth a look:

"How does our society make sense of the vocation to religious life today? What makes one thousand women and men religious, including myself, gather with the Archbishop of Dublin at a ceremony to begin the Year of Consecrated Life? What language is there to explain why I still want to be a religious? I believe it is in me, and I can’t walk away. At the beginning and over the years, there weren’t any guns put to my head and I wasn’t forced to join. And I’m not being forced to stay. As the friars used to say to us, the friary is not a prison. The only reason why I’m still here is that I can’t go. I’m trying to find English language to explain it and I struggle, It’s like I had no choice and I still have no choice."

You can read his entire article on his blog page: 'Tired of all the Bad News'

Meet Br. André

Andre2       2015 has been designated by our Holy Father as the "Year of Consecrated Life" in the Lord's service.  

       Our Support office has begun their Annual Seminarian Appeal. Like many of you, we too incur the rising costs of education and study for our friars in Formation.

       This year, they've asked our novice brother André Repucci, OFM Cap., to share with you his own personal vocation story and his thoughts about discerning the call to Religious Life in the Church.



If you'd like to lend us a hand at this time of year,
you can check out our Donation pages.

Celebrating the Consecrated Life

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       The Holy Father declared the Church Year 2015 as a year to celebrate the Consecrated Life - the men and women who dedicate their lives to Jesus Christ by answering his invitation to "Follow Me." The Church Year begins on the First Sunday of Advent 2014.

       We'll have some highlights of our lives as consecrated men as the year goes on. Meanwhile, here is a video sponsored by the men & women Religious of Ireland who share their stories of hearing the Lord's call.

Discernment at our Hermitage

2014 HermitagVoc       St. Francis Friary in Pittsburgh was the place for yet another gathering for those discerning vocations to the Religious life on Monday, September 22, 2014.

       Five men were present with the friars: three from Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH, one high school junior from Central Catholic HS in Pittsburgh, PA, and an adult youth minister from the Diocese of  Pittsburgh. The  evening consisted of prayer, a simple meal of soup and bread and lively conversation about the place and practice of prayer in daily life. Friars present were Brs. Tom Betz (seated, center), Chris Johnson (right), Walt Robb (seated left) and Dennis Klemash (we think he took the picture).

       For information about our other opportunities to explore life with the friars, contact us.  

Sharing our Life at August Retreat


       Our Vocation Director, Fr. Tom Betz, OFM Cap., hosted thirteen young men at Alverno, our retreat house in Salisbury, PA, to explore Capuchin life with them. Our brother Fr. Lester Knoll, OFM Cap., was on hand, as well, along with friar students from Washington, DC:  Brs. Francisco Lopez, Diogo Escudero, Saul Soriano and all five postulants (see separate article): Rigobel Azanwi, Joshua Heskamp, Gavin Pereira, Theo Simatupang and Stephen Wright.


More Articles...

  1. Who are the Capuchins?
  2. A Day in the Life of Br. Brian
  3. How did they get here?


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