Capuchin Vocation Office

On Saturday, August 22/2020 the Capuchins from Mission Santa Inés; the novitiate and Franciscans from other communities 

 join Bishop Barron for a Mass and prayer service in Solvang, CA to honor St Junípero Serra as a prayerful response to 

the destruction of his statues at various locations throughout California.

Bishop Barron celebrates Mass for the  Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary at OMSI
Jesus came to save us!
Farewell!  Br. Austin and Br. Artie are leaving OMSI after completing their summer assignment.  

Great student friars.  We will miss them!

NAPCC Novitiate-San Lorenzo 2020/21

San Damiano Cross at San Lorenzo Novitiate

Corona Virus Pandemic: Small businesses closed in Solvang.  

A haunting memory of  the many that have visited before the virus.

Corona Virus Pandemic: Blessings and prayers for senior citizens and care-givers at Friendship House.
Corona Virus: Blessings and prayers for senior care residents at Atterdag Village
Corona Virus Pandemic: Praying for all who have walked these now  empty streets of Solvang
Fr. Javier's first English Mass at OMSI  March 2020
Jackie, Fr. Rapael-visiting from El Salvador,Fr. Peter, Jesus and Cody
Religious Education Congress 2020

Br. Austin (Province of New York-Guam) former Novice at San Lorenzo with friends and Capuchin students.  Studies are at the University of the Philippines.
Meeting of Vocation Directors at San Lorenzo February 2020
Students from Berkeley attending Fr. Michael James funeral services-Br. Marvin, Br. Artie and Br. Austin

January 2020

Long time friends of the Capuchins-Doris is celebrating her 90th birthday!
Ministry to our senior friends: Fr. Peter, Fr. Bob and Kathy attended the Christmas lunch hosted 

for our senior friends residing at Friendship House and Atterdag Village.

Student House in Berkeley 2020
Senior Friars 2020

Fr. Robert, Fr. Peter and Fr. Moses after morning Mass at OMSI

Mass at Circle "V" Camp near Lake Cachuma. Counselors and supporters work together for a week of 

spiritual and  country experience for inner city children.   (St. Vincent de Paul)

July 13th, 2019, Profession of Simple Vows-Friars gathering after the Mass.
Fr. Reynaldo, visiting from the St. Augustine Province is welcomed by 

Br. Alex (Vocations Asst.), Fr. Peter (Vocations Director) and Br. Victor (Vocations Asst.)    "Welcome Fr. Reynaldo!"

Memorial Mass for Fr. Jesus Vela OFM Cap. May 25th, 2019

Fr. Peter Banks, O.F.M. Cap., Vocation Director

Capuchin Vocation Office
P.O. Box 618
Solvang, CA 93464
(805) 686-4127


CAPUCHIN FRANCISCANS: Inspired by St. Francis

Special Dates to Remember

Come and See Weekend
Date: 10/2/2020
Location: Student House-Berkeley COME AND SEE! Contact Assistant Vocation Director-Victor Taglianetti

Could this be the right life path for you?

The Capuchin Franciscan friars are a Roman Catholic religious order of brothers and priests inspired by the life and ideals of St. Francis of Assisi and living a life of prayer and service to others. The friars of the Western America Province seek to serve Christ in a variety of ministries throughout California and Northern Mexico and to be a joyful presence of hope and salvation to all, especially to those most in need.
If you are contemplating a vocation with the Capuchin Franciscans, we would like to invite you to learn more about what it really means to be a Capuchin brother or priest.

Inspired by the Past. Dedicated to the Future. Committed to the Present.

Come and See Weekend

Friday-Sunday 2020

October 2 - 4, 2020

St. Conrad Friary, 1534 Arch St,-Berkeley

Contact: Br. Victor Taglianetti OFM Cap.

Assistant Vocation Director

Latest News

Br. Alex

Br. Alex has accepted our request to comment and advice on the Vocation Office website. He has also been appointed Guardian of the Friary at OMSI. Congratulations!

Caperone August 2020

The Caperone is a bi-monthly newsletter produced and edited by the novices of the North American Pacific Capuchin Conference at San Lorenzo Novitiate.

Feast of Our Lady Queen of Angels

August 2nd, 2020
The feast of Our Lady Queen of Angels dates back to before the days of St. Francis. By the year 1045 there was a chapel in Assisi called "St. Mary of the Angels" because of the belief angels had appeared there. By the time St. Francis arrived in 1207 the church had fallen into disrepair. Jesus appeared to Francis at the Church of San Damiano also in Assisi and asked him to repair his church. Francis thought the Lord meant the physical building which he immediately began to do. Only later did Francis realize the Lord meant that he was to repair the Church as the Community of Believers. In this little chapel of St. Mary of the Angels later known as the Portiuncula (or little portion) Francis in 1208 founded his order of Franciscans and then later with Clare of Assisi, the Order of the Poor Clares. Here he held several chapters or meetings of the community. In 1226 he died in an adjoining room to the chapel. You can still visit the original chapel which is now entirely enclosed and covered by a much larger church building on the plain at the foot of the hill leading to Assisi.

National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi
610 Vallejo Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

Postulancy 2020

Marciano was excepted into the Order. He will begin his Postulancy in Berkeley on September 2020.
Fr. Hung will be the Postulancy Director.

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