The Capuchin Franciscan Friars Province of the Sacred Stigmata of St. Francis are a Roman Catholic religious order of priests and brothers who are inspired by the ideals of St. Francis of Assisi. In the spirit of St. Francis, we live a Gospel brotherhood embracing the message of Christ, living simply and committed to serving the poor. By working and praying together, we encourage each other to fully live the Gospel in the spirit and example of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Padre Pio, Father Solanus Casey and many other holy Friars, both past and present.
January 19th at 12:30, our brother Achilles Cassieri embraced Sister Death at St. Lawrence Friary in Beacon. Achilles was born December 28, 1926. He was invested with the Capuchin habit on July 23, 1944 and made his Perpetual Profession of vows on August 2, 1948. He was ordained a priest May 14, 1952. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, rest in peace.
Wake and Funeral Arrangments for Fr. Achilles Cassieri
St. Lawrence Friary
180 Sargent Avenue
Beacon, New York
Reception of the Body
Tuesday, January 24
Tuesday, January 24
2:00 pm - 5 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
8:30 pm - Vigil Service
Mass of Christian Burial
Wednesday, January 25
Followed by Internment and luncheon
The Story of Christmas at Greccio
What better way to prepare for the arrival of the Christ Child than to take a brief journey to Greccio, the spot in central Italy where Saint Francis of Assisi created the first Christmas crib in the year 1223.
Francis, recalling a visit he had made years before to Bethlehem, resolved to create the manger he had seen there. The ideal spot was a cave in nearby Greccio. He would find a baby (we’re not sure if it was a live infant or the carved image of a baby), hay upon which to lay him, an ox and an ass to stand beside the manger. Word went out to the people of the town. At the appointed time, they arrived carrying torches and candles.
One of the friars began celebrating Mass. Francis himself gave the sermon. His biographer, Thomas of Celano, recalls that Francis “stood before the manger…overcome with love and filled with a wonderful happiness…"
For Francis, the simple celebration was meant to recall the hardships Jesus suffered even as an infant, a savior who chose to become poor for our sake, a truly human Jesus.
May Christmas bring you blessings of grace and joy.
In the midst of a busy and anxious world, young men are still answering the counter-cultural call to the Catholic Religious Life of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience. The "Novitiate" is the second year of formation as a Capuchin Franciscan friar, and its primary task is discernment & prayer through contemplation.
This video was published by our brothers
of the Midwest Capuchin Province of St. Joseph