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 involved in local college FOCUS communities and Bible studies to come together for an exciting event with incredible speakers and great entertainment. It is also an opportunity for religious orders to recruit possible vocation candidates and to experience the renewing power of youth adults on fire with their Catholic faith.
Capuchins gather around the vocation table at SEEK.
The Capuchins were well represented at the SEEK Conference this year. Fr. John Lager, O.F.M.Cap., a spiritual assistant to FOCUS, was integral in planning the event and making sure that everything went according to design. Also in attendance was Fr. Curtis Carlson, O.F.M.Cap., campus minister at KU in Lawrence, KS., who attended with a large contingent of students. Two Capuchin vocation directors were also in attendance, Fr. Rafael Anguiano and Fr. Joseph Elder, from the St. Augustine Province and St. Conrad Province respectively. In addition, post-novitiate friars from Denver, San Antonio and Lawrence were present to support the vocation effort and to enjoy the conference. Finally, Capuchin Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M.Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia, was present to celebrate the Mass on Thursday morning. All told, seventeen Capuchins were present at the conference making them one of the most well represented religious orders in attendance. Brothers Jude Emmanuel, Donald Rank and Montie Chavez served at the daily Masses, while Br. Brandon Berg read at the Mass on Thursday morning. Fr. John Lager filled in on Friday morning to celebrate the Mass and preach the homily. Let us pray for all of these young college students seeking to follow Jesus faithfully and for the Capuchins as they strive to promote vocations.