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Year of Mercy Mass with the Capuchins

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Provincial Minister Michael Sullivan sends his greetings from Rome. This morning Fr. Michael and seven other friars from the Province of St. Joseph celebrated mass with Pope Francis. Fr. Michael reports that it was a wonderful experience. “I was honored to sit in the sanctuary with him for the mass. A huge crowd of Capuchins were present.”

Soup Kitchen Families Connect with Flint Families


Mothers and grandmothers at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen spent time last week writing letters of support and care to women in Flint.

“...I am writing to you to show my condolence to your families. I will support in every way that I can all of you in the Flint community. It is so sad that this crisis had to happen and so many people and children suffer. I have family in Flint and will be a supporter of all of you until the very end.”  (just one example)

The Children’s art therapy and creativity groups at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen also made beautiful pictures of support to children in Flint regarding their terrible struggle with toxic water.

Better to Light One Candle…

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It was late afternoon just before Christmas.  As the afternoon moved into dusk I was delivering some blankets to one of our large Rosa Parks families whose furnace had died. The streets were dark, empty and few street lights were shining. Likewise, there were very few homes remaining on these east side streets. On one street there was just a single house left. Amazingly, in the front window, a beautiful Christmas candle was glowing.

Capuchin Soup Kitchen Calendar

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Today a man, probably in his 40’s, approached me and asked me for a calendar. He was a fine man with a gentle spirit. I gave him a copy of our Capuchin Soup Kitchen calendar, and he expressed deep gratitude saying how artful the photos were. I asked if he had seen our calendar from the Capuchin Community Services in Milwaukee. I showed him a 2012 version saying it consisted mainly of portraits. He began looking at the photos and wanted to read each caption.