Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Capuchin Friars in California - centenary celebrations

Good Morning and Happy feast of Joachim and Anne!

This week 22 men from America, Australia and Great Britain were received as Novices into our Order in California. The California mission was established in 1910 by pioneering Irish Friars and this year plays host to this international Novitiate.
In 2010, the Western American Province celebrated it's 100 birthday!! The attached video highlights the mission and the celebrations as well as the, still very close, link to the mother Province of Ireland.

Enjoy and keep the new Novices in your Prayers

100th birthday celebrations in California

Br Martin

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Franciscan Family Events at WYD2011

Hi All

Under four weeks left to WYD2011 in Madrid. I have linked the official site for the Franciscan Village events at WYD. If you are attending WYD, do come along and join in the events.



Br Martin

Monday, 11 July 2011

Would you like to come and see life in a Capuchin Friary?

If you feel that coming to see what life is like in one of our Friaries could help you discern God's call, then you are most welcome!I have listed the Friaries in Ireland, their addresses, phone number and contact person

St Mary of the Angels, Church St, Dublin 7
Ph: 01 8730599 Contact: Br Terence Harrington

Capuchin Friary, Raheny Road, Raheny, Dublin 5
Ph: 01 8313886  Contact: Br John Wright

St Francis of Assisi Parish, Priorswood, Clonsaugh Road, Coolock
Ph: 01 8474469 Contact: Br Sean Kelly

Holy Trinity, Father Matthew Quay, Cork City
Ph: 021 4270827 Contact: Br Sean Donohue

Rochestown, Cork
Ph: 021 4896244 Contact: Br Dermot Lynch

Capuchin Friary, Dublin Street, Carlow
Ph: 059 9142543  Contact: Br John Manley

Capuchin Friary, Friary Road, Kilkenny City
Ph: 056 7721439 Contact: Br Donal Sweeney

Ard Mhuire, Creeslough, Co Donegal
Ph: 074 9138005 Contact: Br Kieran Shortan

Vocations Director
Br Terence Harrington, Capuchin Friary Church St
Ph: 086 3230638  email: capuchinvocation@gmail.com

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Irish Capuchins welcome two brothers

Good Morning
This month we welcome back Br Liam Quinn from the USA where he has successfully completed his Novitiate year. Liam, in his early thirties, hails from Kilkeel, Co Down. Before joining the Capuchins, Liam worked in the UK with the National Immigration Agency. Liam will profess his first vows in our Raheny Friary on the 11th of August next and will be assigned to our Church Street Friary, Dublin following his profession.

Also joining the family, as a Postulant, is Sean Oberc. Sean comes all the way from Detroit but has lived in Ireland and worked for the L'Arche Community in Kilkenny and Cork for the last number of years. Sean is an excellent traditional Irish musician and multi-instrumentalist. We are delighted the Lord has asked him to join our number and wish him every success. He will begin his Postulancy in Raheny, Dublin in September.

Blessed John Paul the Second said at the Vigil Mass of World Youth Day 2000 and also at his inaugural Mass as Pope :

'Have no fear of entrusting yourself to Christ. He will guide you, He will grant you the strength to follow
Him every day and in every situation'

If you feel the Lord is asking you to follow St Francis, Liam and Sean, take courage in the words of John Paul and make the first step towards a life that makes a big difference in the lives of so many, especially those most in need. 
Pax Br Martin