The friars in the Province are making preparations for the upcoming Chapter of Mats which will take place at St. Lawrence Friary in Beacon, NY.  The Chapter of Mats will run from Sunday, April 17 to Friday, April 22.  Please keeps our Province in prayer both during this time of preparation as well as during that week.  The Chapter of Mats is the term for a meeting of all the friars and consists of prayer, fraternity, addresses by various groups and a few guest speakers.  This particular Chapter will focus on Prayer and Fraternity.

Pio and Leopold

On February 9, 2016 Pope Francis will celebrate Holy Mass in St. Peter's with and for us Capuchins. Many Friars will be present for this Mass including two from our Province: Fr. Vincent Fortunato and Fr. Francisco Arredondo.

As our Minister General said, "I imagine all of you already know, Pope Francis has called an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. This choice comes from the awareness that "the Church is commissioned to announce the mercy of God, the beating heart of the Gospel, which in its own way must penetrate the heart and mind of every person. [...] It is absolutely essential for the Church and for the credibility of her message that she herself live and testify to mercy. Her language and her gestures must transmit mercy, so as to touch the hearts of all people and inspire them once more to find the road that leads to the Father." (Bull of Indiction, 12) The Holy Year will begin on December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will conclude with the liturgical solemnity of Christ the King on November 20, 2016.

On Saturday, November 28, our province inducted another wonderful young man as an affiliate of the order: Mr. Mohamed Qualander. Mohamed has been a long time friend of the friars since he was a young teenager. Since that time, he was a dedicated assistant to the friars of Immaculate Conception Friary, and was an indispensable aid in the running of the friary. He has since been a dedicated friend of the province and has consistently served as Master of Ceremonies for important province liturgies. Mohamed is an invaluable gift to the friars of Immaculate Conception and the province at large, and we are happy and blessed to have him as an affiliate. Congratulations, Mo! Peace be with you!

Sister Death came to welcome our brother, Fr. Alfonse, on Monday, January 18.

Wake and Funeral Arrangements for Fr. Alfonse Pagliara, O.F.M. Cap.

The following are the wake and funeral arrangements for our brother, Alfonse:

Reception of the Body
Monday, January 25
11:00 am
St. Lawrence Friary Chapel
Beacon, NY

Monday, January 25
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm & 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Lawrence Friary Chapel

Vigil Prayer Service - 8:30 pm

Mass of Christian Burial
Tuesday, January 26
11:00 am
St. Lawrence Friary Chapel

St. Lawrence Cemetery
Beacon, NY

One of our friars, Fr. Vincent, is a popular, well sought-after retreat master and teacher of spiritual direction. He travels all around the country. His ministry is usually classified as "itinerant preacher" and he's very good at what he does! He's traveled as chaplain with the NY Giants, and was involved in the chaplaincy of the NY Yankees as well.


fr. Roberto G general

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