Labor Day Gathering and Capuchin Comment
The friars of Saint John the Baptist Friary in Cincinnati invited the area friars to an afternoon of food and relaxation on Labor Day. It has become a "tradition" that the friaries in Cincinnati host an area wide friar-gathering on the various holidays. At the left some of the friars watch Michael Bradley, brother of Postulant Dennis Geib, and Postulant Richard Goodin playing Bocce Ball. At the right, Fathers Frank Geers and Max Langenderfer check out whose balls are the closest. (I understand that Fr. Frank was a contestant in the game and did not win.) On the lower left, Fr. Max's brother, Fr. Carl enjoys a bowl of chili.
Also this week, the Capuchin Franciscans held a General Chapter at which Capuchin Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston celebrated and preached the opening Mass. In comments to the gathered friars, Fr. John Corriveau, the out-going Capuchin General Minister, commented on vocations in his community--comments that apply, I believe, to all Religious Communities. One of his pertinent comments was: "many people today feel they are not free unless they keep their options open." This attitude makes the taking of life-long vows very counter-cultural. It also misses the point that true freedom comes in making good choices and living the consequences.
A full report from the Catholic News Service on both Fr. Corriveau and Cardinal O'Malley's comments can be found at: http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0604933.htm.