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St Francis of Assisi: An icon of Minimalism! – Jawahar, Capuchin
At the age of fifteen I decided to join the priesthood. During that age I had no much awareness as in what really the priesthood is or religious life, orders, congregations and so on is. Since from my younger days I had a strong desire to be priest I joined one. During the high school studies I came across the Carmelite priests whom I had promised to join. Later during my tenth standard studies I came across the Capuchin priest who enlightened me about the life of St Francis of Assisi who was a nature lover. It was then I randomly decided to join the Franciscan Capuchin Order.
During my Postulancy and Novitate studies I realized the difference between being a priest and being a religious, being a member of order and being a member of a congregation, being a diocesan priest and being a religious priest. With this awareness and enlightenment I began loving the religious life that I joined. I started loving my Franciscan Capuchin Order. I started liking the person of St Francis of Assisi. I was delighted to wear the brown habit as often as possible. I read more of his life, the poverty, the simplicity, the humility and minimalism. Even to this day St Francis Assisi is my inspiration towards a life of simplicity. St Francis is the personification of minimalism.
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Christmas Vocation Camp - 2019
Christmas Vocation Camp was held at St Anne’s Friary – Assisi House on 28th of December 2019. There were about 26 students from different parishes of Mangalore and Udupi diocese. Four of the Capuchin brothers doing their theological studies at Darshan Institute of Theology – Bengalore, animated this one day’s camp under the leadership of Fr Jawahar, the vocation director of the Karnataka Capuchins. The main focus of this Camp was to celebrate Christmas with the young aspiring students. The camp began with the Christmas carols. There were about 3 sessions of talks. In the first session, the students were made known the origin of the Crib in 12th century by St Francis of Assisi the founder of our Franciscan Order. Fr Rohan Lobo, the assistant director of Vimukti Social Work center, Ujire conducted the second session and introduced the wonderful social work done by the Karnataka Capuchin Province in the different parts of the world. The third session was conducted by Fr Jawahar. He called upon the students to make their life exciting with good challenges. Taking risk in life for the mission of Christ is worth it. There is joy in living for others. A Call to the Franciscan Capuchin way of life is a call to the wholeness. God will not let down those who wish to serve him. These were the inspiring messages and thoughts the students carried home. The brothers from the theology entertained the students with their inspiring vocation stories, team building games and activities and the students were gifted with some wonderful prizes. The students were served with a tasty lunch, icecream and evening juice and snacks. The camp began at 9.30 am and concluded by 4.30pm.
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DONORS DAY @ St Anne's Friary Mangaluru
St Anne's Friary Mangaluru, on the occasion of St Francis of Assisi feast, celebrated the Donors day on Friday, 5th October 2019. Fr Alwyn Dias the Provincial Minister presided over the Eucharistic celebration. In the sermon he Explained about the generosity of St Francis of Assisi. At the end of mass, Vicar Provincial and Guardian of St Anne's Friary Fr Paul Melwyn Dsouza thanked all the Donors of Capuchins and appreciated their good will and generousity. In the felicitation programme the Provincial Minister Fr Alwyn explained the missionary life of Capuchins throughout the world.
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The Delegation Assembly of Turkey @ Mersin
The General Councilor from Rome, The Provincial Minister and Mission Secretary of the Emilia Romagna Province-Italy, The Provincial Minister of Karnataka Province, The Vicar Provincial of Varsovie-Poland, The Custos of Romania, Emiliano of Siracusa Province along with all the missionary brothers of Turkey Delegation celebrated the assembly in view of the future perspectives of the Order and it's concrete implementation specially the fraternal collaboration and mission, inter-culturality and international fraternities from 21st to 26th September 2019 .
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General Body Meeting of CKSK at Dayalbagh Ashram
General body meeting of Capuchin Krishik Seva Kendra (CKSK) was held on 14 September, 2019. It had a fruitful deliberation. All the general body members were present. The meeting began at 9:30 am with a short prayer and welcome note by Provincial Minister Fr. John Alwyn Dias. A dialogic deliberation and the elucidations were sought during the meeting. The brothers collectively discussed on various agenda points with some well-drawn consensus. It was a wonderful fraternal interaction in up building the social mission through CKSK.
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Symposium on “RELIGIOUS PLURALISM AND THE MISSIONARY MANDATE OF JESUS” at Darshan Institute of Theology, Capuchin Theologate, Bangalore.
To mark the 800th Anniversary of the meeting of St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan Al-Malik Al-Kamil, the Capuchins of the Holy Trinity Province organized a seminar in Bangalore. The seminar was attended by 163 religious both men and women belonging to different congregations. To celebrate this occasion Rev. Dr. Andrew Anil Sequeira, OFM Cap., resident professor at Darshan Theologate, Bangalore published his new Book “Religions, Interreligious Dialogue and Evangelization”. This book specifies the right approach both to inter-religious dialogue and evangelization.
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Message from Provincial Minister

My Dear Young Students,
Greetings of love and joy of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Pope Francis in his recent post-synodal apostolic exhortation states “I am a mission on this earth; that is the reason why I am here in this world.” (Pope Francis, Christus Vivit, 254). We are called upon by the Church to respond generously by virtue of our baptism to leave behind home, family, country, language and local church and to be sent forth to the nations, to a world which seeks and is in pursuit of Kingdom values and Gospel witness. We are called upon to respect the freedom of each person and enter into dialogue with the cultures, the traditions and the religions of the people among whom we are sent. Fundamentally, every Franciscan vocation is missionary. The Franciscan life-plan according to the Gospel implies, at its root, a natural apostolic dimension without limits, just as the Gospel of Jesus is without limits: “Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation.” (Mk 16:15). For St. Francis, the proclamation of the Gospel was a natural consequence of his total adhesion to Jesus Christ.

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Who is a Franciscan Capuchin?
Capuchin? What's that?
CAPPUCCINO, CAPPUCCINO!!

The name Capuchin was first a nickname. As the Italian children of the 16th century walked behind these new friars with pointed hoods, capuches, they began to chant, "cappucino, cappucino!" This playful children's name evantually became the formal name of what is now the fourth largest religious Order in the church. Later the popular friars' Order became the name of a trendy coffee and a South American monkey.

FRIARS MINOR
But what is a Capuchin? First, a Capuchin is a Franciscan. Capuchins are a 16th century reform of the Franciscan Order, recognized by the Church as a legitimate branch of the Order of Friars Minor founded by Saint Francis of Assisi. The name given the Order by Saint Francis-Friars Minor-tells us two key things about Franciscan and Capuchin identity. Friar means brother. Franciscans are brothers. In his Testament, Saint Francis described his vocation and said, "the Lord gave me brothers." A Capuchin lives with his brother Capuchins. The brothers pray together, eat together, work together for the Church and share together the joys and sorrows of life. A Capuchin living alone would be an anomaly, not true to the essence of his Franciscan identity. Capuchins share all that they earn and they share daily life in community.
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Capuchin Reform
What are some other characteristics of a true Capuchin? The Capuchin reform started when a group of friars wanted to live a more radical life of prayer and contemplation. Capuchins are missionaries and hard workers in the Lord's vineyard, but Capuchins are also a contemplative Order and it is a Capuchin's duty and identity to spend significant time alone in silence with God.

A Capuchin is a man of the Church. Saint Francis insisted that his brothers be "thoroughly Catholic" and that they celebrate liturgy according to the norms of the Church. There was no place in Francis' Order for men who challenged, criticized and disobeyed the Church or its bishops. The Capuchin reform began just after the Protestant reformation and the early Capuchins were leaders in the Counter Reformation, helping the Church to ' respond to the need for reform and new' energy. Capuchins became the great missionaries taking the gospel to the ends of the earth, with a special focus on reunion between eastern and western Christian churches.
A Capuchin is a man of the church, who lives a humble, poor life with his brothers.
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Karnataka - 575 003, India
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