The Capuchin Friars hosted their second “Dia con los Capuchinos” (A Day with the Capuchins) in Denver, Colorado on Saturday, March 26. This event was a follow-up to vocation presentations given by province friars at Hispanic youth groups in Catholic parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Denver. The goal was to introduce the Capuchin charism to an oft-neglected segment of our vocation population and to provide accompaniment in the ongoing discernment process.
The event, which took place at St. Anthony of Padua Friary, began with a pizza lunch at 1:00 pm. Midday prayer in the friary chapel was next, followed with introductions by Fr. Bill Kraus and five Capuchin brothers. During this time, the young men were asked to mention one person they viewed as a hero. Numerous answers were given, including: Jesus, Padre Pio, Mother Teresa, Cesar Chavez, and Chuck Norris!
Following prayer and introductions, Br. Ryan Tidball showed the video Capuchinos y Formación
, a Spanish-language presentation of the Capuchin life filmed by the brothers in Mexico. After the video, there was a period of time allotted for questions. Queries ranged from the application process to how one walked up stairs in a habit. Next, Br. Anthony Monahan gave a tour of the friary while explaining the day-to-day life of a brother. Following a presentation by Fr. Bill on ongoing discernment, the day ended at 5:00 pm with a prayer by Br. Joesph Quinlan.
Thirteen young men attended the vocation event, of which 9 were in their teens and 4 were over 20. Six parishes were represented; among which, 7 of the youth were from the Capuchin-led Annunciation parish. Photos of the event are available in our online album
Any Spanish-speaking men who have an interest in the Capuchin Friars or would like more information on a discerning a vocation, should contact Fr. Bill Kraus at 303.501.3486.