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Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Jose Vera joins Franciscan Capuching postulancy program

By Colleen Crane

Jose Vera was a residential Capuchin candidate in Chicago prior to joining the postulancy program Capuchin Vocation Office

Jose Vera has joined the postulancy program of the Capuchin Franciscan friars.

“I attended a four day retreat in Chicago,” Jose explains. “The first day I didn’t want to be there. On the fourth day, I experienced a conversion and my world hasn’t been the same since. I knew I had to give my life to God.”

Jose was a residential Capuchin candidate in Chicago prior to joining the postulancy program.

“My residential Capuchin experience was very valuable. I learned how to love strangers, just as Jesus did. The parishoners would come to St. Clare of Montefalco Church and they would be warmly welcomed. I witnessed that even though there is suffering and need, God does not forget his people. God is love.”

Jose is providing ministry to Milwaukee’s Capuchin Community Services’ St. Ben’s Community Meal site, a ministry that serves the poor, hungry, and homeless.

In addition to providing ministry work, the Capuchin postulancy program includes formation studies. After one year of postulancy, the candidates continue their studies and vocational discernment process through training as a novice, which is also one year in duration. The novitiate year is when they receive the Capuchin habit. The year focuses on classes, personal and communal prayer, silence, and spiritual direction. Novitiate ends with the first profession of temporary vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

“It is a carefully structured program that is aimed to deepen the individual’s faith and to assist in the exploration of vocational choices,” Capuchin Postulancy Director and friar, Brother Joe Monachino, explains.

The Capuchin friars live as a community of brothers, modeling themselves after St. Francis of Assisi, assisting the poor and marginalized. The friars serve in a variety of ministries including social service ministry, schools, chaplaincy, evangelization, and parishes in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Montana, and Panama.

For more information, visit www.capuchinfranciscans.org/.

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