Four men make temporary vows with Capuchins

Four men took temporary vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience at St. Jude’s Parish in Lakewood July 23.

These vows are for three years and will allow Brothers Jude Quinto, Joseph Ignowski, Luke Jordan, and Alex Diaz to continue their discernment within the religious community. All of the men will be entering post-novitiate and will be furthering their studies for the priesthood while at St. Anthony of Padua Friary in Denver.

Brother Luke Jordan
‘Pray with your heart’

Age: 22
Hometown: Ft. Collins, CO
Home Parish: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Ft. Collins
Saints that inspired his vocation: Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati; St. Padre Pio

It wasn’t until after high school that Brother Luke began to take his faith seriously. It was during this time that a priest invited him to visit seminary to discern a potential call. The visit did not lead to his entrance, but later he did become connected with the Capuchin Friars. He began to visit the order, fell in love with their way of life and decided to join after his sophomore year of college.

When talking about the fruits of his novitiate, Brother Luke reflected on how he has grown to appreciate the use of affective prayer, or praying with the heart, and how affective prayer is connected to effective prayer. “As you pray with your heart, your heart begins to be transformed, and that’s had a really strong impact on my two years with the order.”

Brother Alex Díaz
Wants to bring Christ to others

Age: 40
Hometown: Houston, TX
Home Parish: Catholic Charismatic Center
Saints that inspired his vocation: St. John Paul II; St. Thérèse of Lisieux

After living a life away from the Church, Brother Alex first heard a call to religious life in 2007. “I heard a call and started discerning, but then I paused it for seven years until my spiritual director told me it was time to do something about it if I wanted to (pursue religious life). I started discerning with different communities . . . and the Lord brought me here to Denver and I’m very happy to be here.”

As a future priest, Brother Alejandro is looking forward to bringing Christ to others, especially through the sacrament of reconciliation.

Brother Jude Quinto
Found mercy and compassion

Age: 20
Hometown: Denver
Home Parish: Christ the King, Denver
Saints that inspired his vocation: St. Padre Pio; St. Aloysius of Gonzaga; St. Gabrielle of Our Lady of Sorrows

Brother Jude had desired to become a priest from a young age. After meeting the Capuchins he loved how merciful, compassionate, human, and encouraging they were in confession with him. After spending some time with various religious orders and not feeling called to enter any of them, he thought back to his initial encounter with the Capuchins. It was then that he decided to apply for postulancy. In his vocation, Brother Jude is most looking forward to being a witness to God’s mercy through the sacrament of reconciliation.

Brother Joseph Ignowski
Totus Tuus ‘changed me’

Age: 22
Hometown: Ft. Collins
Home Parish: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Ft. Collins
Saints that inspired his vocation: St. Joseph; St. Thérèse of Lisieux; Ven. Solanus Casey; St. Padre Pio

It wasn’t until after a retreat as a teenager that Brother Joseph decided to take his faith seriously. “That kind of started me thinking about Catholicism as a reality. Then after freshman year of college, I did Totus Tuus in the Archdiocese of Denver. That was the most profound and dynamic summer of my life. (It) completely changed me. I heard a call very strongly to the Capuchins and in a year I decided that call was persistent enough that I needed to follow it so I left school sophomore year and went to join the Capuchins.”

Photo: Capuchin Brothers Jude Emmanuel Quinto, Luke Jordan, Joseph Ignowski, and Alex Díaz kneel in prayer prior to making first profession as Capuchin Franciscans (Photo by Caitlin Chase).

COMING UP: Capuchins evangelize with new brand

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Julie Filby

To emphasize the spirit of hospitality and service reflected in their patron, St. Conrad of Parzham, the Capuchin Province of Mid-America recently began using their internally known name of “the Capuchin Province of St. Conrad”—as well as unveiled a new logo and website.

“It is more likely that people would identify affectively with a friar-saint, than they would a territory,” Provincial Minister Father Christopher Popravak, O.F.M. Cap., said of the name change and updated logo that features an image of St. Conrad, donned in the familiar brown robe of a Capuchin, corded at the waist; receiving a poor and marginalized man.

St. Conrad was a Capuchin lay brother who spent most of his life as a porter, or doorkeeper, at an ancient Marian Shrine at a Bavarian friary in Altoetting, Germany. As porter, he welcomed people to the friary and offered food to pilgrims who visited each day.

“Our mission has always been first, to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Father Popravak. “And second, to proclaim that Gospel through our fraternal brotherhood in community life, and in our lives of service to those most in need.”

New branding and communication aims to freshen the image of the province, part of the worldwide order living the Gospel in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, as well as respond to the new evangelization movement.

“The Church is calling the Capuchins to do more too,” said Father Popravak. “The Church is inviting us to respond to an age of communications that has drastically changed the landscape for reaching others.”

The Capuchins friars plan to reach out to fallen-away Catholics, Father Popravak said, including through their new website, www.capuchins.org, that launched April 21, the feast of St. Conrad.