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.

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2016 08 CaperoneBrianCaperone       The wait is over. Meet the Novices in this first edition of the 2016-17 Caperone . It's the monthly newsletter from the novices of the NAPCC (North American/Pacific Capuchin Conference) in Santa Ynez, CA.

        Our own new brother Brian Sullivan seems to be well, and the new editors, Vince Carrasco (St. Conrad Province) and Joe Babcock (St. Joseph Province) obviously know a little about desktop publishing: the issue is chock-full of photos.

     In this first report, they pay tribute to the departing friars,  introduce  the new staff members, introduce each of the the novices, report on their experience of the inter-provincial Postulancy Program and on their subsequent treck to Santa Ynez -- quite a tall order.

       You can download it here, and check each month for another edition that lets us know what's happening.



PortiunculaSt. Francis repaired three chapels. The third was popularly called the Portiuncula or the Little Portion, dedicated to St. Mary of the Angels. It is now enclosed in a sanctuary at Assisi.

The friars came to live at the Little Portion in early 1211. It became the “motherhouse” of the Franciscans. This is where St. Clare came to the friars to make her vows during the night following Palm Sunday in 1212 and where Sister Death came to Francis on 3 October 1226.

tiberio assisi

Because of the favors from God obtained at the Portiuncula, St. Francis requested the Pope to grant remission of sins to all who came there. The privilege extends beyond the Portiuncula to others churches, especially held by Franciscans/Capuchins, throughout the world.

A plenary indulgence is the remission, through the merits of Christ and the saints, through the Church, of all temporal punishment due to sin already forgiven. To obtain the Portiuncula plenary indulgence, a person must visit the Chapel of Our Lady of the Angels at Assisi, or a Franciscan sanctuary with the intention of honoring Our Lady of the Angels. Then perform the work of reciting the Creed and Our Father and pray for the Pope’s designated intentions. You should be free, at least intentionally, of attachment to venial and mortal sin, and truly repentant. Make your sacramental confession 8 days before or after. Participate at assist at Mass and receive Holy Communion 8 days before or after.

Friars Miguel Robert Brian NickOn July 24 at San Lorenzo Friary in Santa Ynez, CA, 17 postulants were invested with the Capuchin habit and began their novitiate year.  Brother Brian Sullivan is a novice from our province.  He comes to us from St. Matthew Parish in Charlotte, NC.  Attending the investiture ceremony were Fr. Nick  (Provincial), Fr. Robert (Prefect of Formation) and Bro. Miguel (pre-novitiate team).  

Welcome, Brian, to our family of Capuchin Franciscans, Province of the Sacred Stigmata of St. Francis! 

The novitiate class  Brother Brian

Martin and Greg

Hendersonville’s Grace Lutheran and Immaculate Conception Catholic churches plan to work together in the future in a spirit of unity that leaders say better reflects the true spirit of Christianity.

“Our ministry is stronger if we focus more on what we have in common,” Grace Lutheran Senior Pastor Greg Williams said. “Christ’s prayer was for all followers to be one.”

Williams and Capuchin Father Martin Schratz at Immaculate Conception on May 12 signed a covenant that attempts to unify the two churches by identifying areas where they plan to work together.

The covenant calls for the two churches to pray together for Christian unity, educate groups in their churches about beliefs they have in common, celebrate joint observances, including at Thanksgiving and Christian unity services, share scripture study and work together to oppose injustices and alleviate suffering in the local community.

Williams said the two churches might also have festivals and events that overlap or possible pulpit exchanges in the future.

“Maybe there will be other things we try together,” he said.

Schratz said he was looking forward to having potluck dinners with the two congregations and a joint service in October. Youth groups from the two churches might also come together from time to time, he said.

While significant differences continue to separate the two denominations, Williams said he hopes the move toward unity with Immaculate Conception will help members from both congregations remember that all Christians believe in the same God and should work together.

The local covenant took a few elements from a longer, statewide covenant signed in 1991 by the Catholic diocese of Charlotte and Raleigh and the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. That covenant was reaffirmed in 2007, according to a joint news release from the two churches.


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Today, September 3, at our International College 'San Lorenzo da Brindisi', the General Chapter of the Capuchin friars elected as General Minister of the Order Br. Roberto Genuin from the Province of Venice. The term of the election is six years.

General Council 2018

The new Minister General with his Council