The 55th World Day of Prayer for Vocations was  commemorated on 22 April 2018.  May the Holy Spirit open our hearts and minds to hear and accept our Father's callings.

                                                            Our Prayer for Vocations
Almighty Father we confidently come before you
for the grace of vocations to the Order and the Custody.
Send us genuine young men of ideal courage and dedication,
to follow you in the path of poverty, simplicity, humility and fraternity,
to build up our Custody as a true brotherhood of love and service.
We intercede for our benefactors, parents and relatives
and our dear ones under your care.
Be close to them and watch over them in all their needs.
We implore you, to convert us daily more and more
that we may live our Capuchin life genuinely and faithfully.
We place all the friars of the Custody and the Order under your special care,
to those who have gone before us, grant them eternal bliss.
St Francis our Seraphic Father.....Pray for us
Mary Mother of Africa.....Pray for us
St Bonaventure....Pray for us
St Pio.....Pray for us
All highest glories God,
cast your light into the darkness of my heart.
Give me right faith, firm hope,
perfect charity and profound humility
so that I may do what is truly your will.


Pope's 2018 Message about Vocations 

Pope Francis has released his message for the 2018 World Day of Prayer for Vocations, reflecting on the three aspects of every vocation:

listening, discerning, and living. 

The 55th World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be commemorated this year on 22 April 2018

The Holy Father said 2018 is a special year for vocations, because the Synod of Bishops will reflect on young people, especially "the relationship between young people, faith, and vocation". Pope Francis reminded Christians that God never ceases to call men and women to follow Him."We are not victims of chance or swept up in a series of unconnected events; on the contrary, our life and our presence in this world are the fruit of a divine vocation," he said.

Pope Francis made it clear that "God comes silently" and that, without a listening heart, God's voice can be "drowned out" by the distractions of daily life."Nowadays listening is becoming more and more difficult, immersed as we are in a society full of noise, overstimulated and bombarded by information. This prevents us from pausing and enjoying the taste of contemplation, reflecting serenely on the events of our lives, going about our work with confidence in God's loving plan, and making a fruitful discernment."

He said Christians need "to listen carefully to his word and the story of his life, but also to be attentive to the details of our own daily lives".

Turning to spiritual discernment, Pope Francis said this is "a process by which a person makes fundamental choices, in dialogue with the Lord and listening to the voice of the Spirit, starting with the choice of one's state in life".

Pope Francis added a note of urgency. "Vocation is today! The Christian mission is now," he said.

"Each one of us is called - whether to the lay life in marriage, to the priestly life in the ordained ministry, or to a life of special consecration - in order to become a witness of the Lord, here and now."

Source: cathnews.com


Two of our Capuchin students are amongst the group of seminarians: Raymond (standing on far right, 2nd row) and Shane (4th from right, standing in back row)


Ist Profession of Br Jared Jamie on 23 September 2017, Feastday of St Pio of Pietrelcina, took place at St Mary of the Angels , Athlone





2016   -    2017 :Brother Jared Jamie : Noviate in Ireland.





In December 2015: Br Anstey’s ordination to Priesthood

               December 2014: Br Anstey : Deaconate ordination


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                                                                                 Capuchin Poor Clares, Swellendam. 2017.