Monday, 13 December 2010
Two came in response to our Vocations Weekend advertisement. These young men are discerning a vocation to religious life and took some time out to come and see what Capuchin life was like. We ask you to keep them in your prayers.
We were also very happy to welcome Roger, who is a Postualnt (first stage of Capuchin life) in our British Province. Roger joined in the life and prayer of our Church Street Friary over the weekend. Hailing from South Africa, Roger has lived in London and worked in Finance for the last five years before coming to the Friars. After initial contact with our Brothers across the water he made application to become a Postulant and joined the community in Erith, Kent last September.
We see him here (left of photo) enoying a fraternal moment at breakfast with Brothers Terence (Vocation Director - centre) and Bryan (Guardian of Church Street - right)
It was a great joy for us to welcome these young men to our Friary. If you would like some more information on our way of life, please do not be afraid to take the first step and contact our Vocations Director
Br. Terence Harrington OFM Cap.,Capuchin Friary,Church Street,Dublin 7.Tel: 086 3230638 we would love to hear from you.
Sunday, 5 December 2010
This is an excellent expose of the work, volunteers, staff and visitors to our Centre in Bow Street Dublin. It highlights very well the Franciscan response to who may be considered the 'lepers' of our time.
It is a very moving piece of great depth and honesty.
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
We had the Wall Street Journal in our Day Centre last week as well as news agencies from Portugal, Britain and France. Here is the Wall Street report with an excellent video on the Centre and the work done there.
Remember collections in aid of the Day Centre are on this Saturday (4 Dec 2010) at the GPO Dublin
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
The Irish Province has friars living and ministering to the poor in Zambia, South Africa, South Korea, New Zealand and California. This is the page of the Western American Province with a great video of Irish Friar, Br Peter Banks at work
The annual collection in aid of the Capuchin Day Centre for the Homeless, Dublin will be held THIS Saturday at the GPO. If you are in town please come over and say hello and, if you can, please support what is an excellent and worthwhile cause.
Over 60% of the funding for the Day Centre has to come each year from donations. Without the support of very good people it would not be able to function.So thank you in advance on behalf of the Day Centre and all the Homeless of Dublin
We Praise you Lord, for all your Creatures
Especially for Brother Sun, who is the day whom through you give light
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour !
We Praise you Lord, for Brothers Wind and Air, fair and stormy, all weather's moods,
by which you cherish all that you have made.
We Praise you Lord for Sister Water, so useful, so humble, so precious, so pure.
We Praise you Lord, for Sister Earth, who sustains us with her fruits, coloured flowers and herbs.
Monday, 29 November 2010
We have altered the appearance of our blog to reflect and acknowledge the great season of advent.
We now have a candle (!) and the page colours reflect the purples that we see used in the liturgy during Advent.
Sunday, 28 November 2010
Happy New Liturgical year everybody!!
Today we celebrate the first Sunday of the Season of Advent. Br Pawel, a Capuchin Friar visiting Church Street, preached at Mass this morning about Advent as the season of Preparation. Just as business owners prepare well in advance for the Christmas season in order to receive the best 'income' we too, who are to receive the ultimate 'income' - the coming of the Lord Jesus into our world - should use the coming weeks to prepare, renew, revisit and revitalize our relationship with Christ and others.
A nice video with some lovely Gregorian Chant
Pax to all on this cold day, keep warm and well
Thursday, 25 November 2010
International interest in those using the Centre because of the economic downturn. Many donating to support the work of the Centre. 550 people for dinner today. Its because of the goodness of so many ordinary people that Br. Kevin and his team can continue. Good News for a change. www.homeless.ie
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Here is a 5 minute meditation filmed in the Cloister Garden of our Friary in Church St, Dublin. The meditation is centred around the ‘Peace Prayer’ attributed to St Francis of Assisi and is a great way to prepare for a time of prayer or as a prayer in itself.
I hope you enjoy it – Pax to all
Saturday, 20 November 2010
Tomorrow we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. I have attached a short clip which I find helps to remind me of all the we owe to Christ and that we may use this great feast to say a heartfelt - Thank You
Peace be with you all
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
We are delighted to announce that we are hosting a Franciscan vocation discernment weekend here in our Church Street Friary for any young men who may be considering a vocation to our way of life.
Before joining the Capuchins I attended a number of these events in our Raheny friary and found them excellent. I would encourage any of you out there who may like to know more about our way of life following St Francis of Assisi to consider coming along.
The weekend revovles around experiencing what our community life is like and you will have an opportunity to participate in our daily prayer, which is at the very heart of our life, as well as meeting the friars, hearing about what we do and get some advice on discerning your call.
All the details are on our website (www.irishcapuchins.com) and facebook (irish capuchin franciscans) pages or you can contact our Vocation Director Br Terence Harrington on 086 3230638
We very much look forward to hearing from you
Pax Br Martin
You are very welcome to our new Capuchin Franciscan Vocations blog for Ireland. My name is Br Martin and I am responsible for keeping you all up to date about our life, ministries, vocations as well as some reflections and thoughts as we journey together through the Church's year.
Please visit us on www.irishcapuchins.com or on Facebook (Irish Capuchin Franciscans) and very soon on Twitter.
Br Terence Harrington is our full time vocations director dedicated to helping you as you discern what the Lord is asking you to do with your life. Every couple of months we run discernment weekends. These are a great opportunity to come meet the friars, see what friary life is like and, in a very supportive environment, talk about what the Lord is asking of you.
Vocation to religious life is essentially God asking you a question, namely " Will you come follow me?", as he did to the Apostles. We are here to help you find an answer to that question.
So for now peace and blessings to you all