“Knock Three Times,” is the title of a lively American pop song from the 1970’s, but it also sums up well the crisis that 20 year-old Luke Anthony Falcone experienced in the early years of his Capuchin vocation. Attracted to the Capuchins by a charismatic preacher and unshaken by his mother’s pleas to reconsider, this […]
About Fr. Joseph Mary Elder, O.F.M.Cap.
Fr. Joseph joined the Capuchin Franciscans in 2002 in St. Louis, MO. In addition to his work in communications, he serves as Vocation Director, in prison ministry and as Youth Minister at Annunciation Catholic Church in Denver.
The latest edition of the Capuchin Province of St. Conrad newsletter is now available online. The Fall 2017 edition can be viewed/downloaded in PDF format. Simply click on the image to open.
Fr. Blaine Burkey, O.F.M.Cap. recently updated a biography of St. Conrad of Parzham that appeared on previous versions of our website. The updated, 19 page biography, complete with photos, is now online once again and can be read/downloaded as a PDF file from the St. Conrad page. You can also download it here.
Youth Ministry: “A Waste of Time!” “Working with youth? That’s a waste of time!” Such was my initial thought when asked to teach a high school Confirmation class as part of my seminary formation. Young people are lazy, apathetic and completely disinterested in religion. It was with this mindset that I began teaching 14-17 year […]
A Capuchin Doctor of the Church? Yes, and his name is St. Lawrence of Brindisi. A brilliant friar who spoke numerous languages, St. Lawrence was a renowned preacher and theologian. The following is a sermon given by St. Lawrence during the Lenten Season: When you fast do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They put […]
This Sunday the Church will celebrate the Third Sunday of Lent. We’re almost halfway to Easter! Maybe by this point you’re already feeling a pang of guilt at having so quickly abandoned your penitential practices and resolutions. The Lord is so patient with us and there is still plenty of time to begin again. Here […]
In this recently published video, former General Minister (1994-2006) and current Bishop of the Diocese of Nelson, Canada, John Corriveau, is interviewed by Br. Pawel Taperski. The interview examines Bishop Corriveau’s life as a friar and the way he views being a Capuchin as central to his identity and his ministry as a bishop in […]
A new book on the history of the Capuchin’s early missionary efforts in Papua New Guinea is now available. Only the Beginnings, written by Fr. Blaine Burkey, O.F.M.Cap., is 344 pages, complete with photos, diagrams and maps. The book is a real treasure for anyone interested in the history of the Capuchin’s involvement in Papua […]
With the help of Little J Marketing, the Capuchins have released a new video featuring Fr. Christopher Gama, O.F.M.Cap. In the video, Fr. Christopher speaks about the struggles of growing up, the discovery of his vocation and the joys of priesthood and religious life. All footage was shot at St. Anthony of Padua Friary in […]
The Capuchins descended en masse on one of the largest and most popular gathering of Catholics in the country. FOCUS’s 2017 SEEK Conference in San Antonio, Texas garnered approximately 14,000 college students, seven bishops, and members of nearly every religious order imaginable. Held from January 3-7, the SEEK Conference is an opportunity for college students […]