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“The principal apostolate of a lesser brother is : to live a gospel life in the world in truth, simplicity and joy.” (Capuchin Constitutions, #145)

GOSPEL BROTHERHOOD

Our primary way of serving others is our Gospel Brotherhood! Praying together, working together, living together. Gospel Brotherhood is needed in a world where division and separation bring pain and suffering to many victims.

 

PREACHING GOD’S WORD

The Capuchins preach the Word of God when they preach homilies at Mass, teach Bible classes and other religious instruction. Some friars have been full-time retreat directors and preachers, traveling throughout the Pacific and the United States West Coast when invited by parishes to give special missions. Hopefully, all the friars try to preach the Word of God by example and not just words.

REACHING OUT TO THOSE IN NEED

The Gospel is good news to the poor. The Capuchins responded to the call to take care of small, unknown islands in the distant Pacific when the prior missionaries were expelled. A Capuchin bishop of Guam, Bishop Olaiz, founded the St. Vincent de Paul Society on the island before the Second World War to take care of Guam’s poor. Today, the friars try to continue reaching out to the poor through their parish ministries such as providing food and clothing to the needy. The Capuchin, Father Robert Phelps, created Sanctuary, a home for teenagers with legal and family issues, which still exists today as a private corporation.

COMFORTING THE SICK

Capuchins on Guam and Hawaii have served as hospital chaplains for many years. Father Gordon Combs was chaplain at Saint Francis-West hospital in Hawaii for many years. Many friars visit the sick in the hospitals and senior care homes on their own.

 

PARISH WORK

The friars are largely responsible for the establishment of most of Guam’s parishes, which included the construction of churches and parochial schools. The friars now serve in seven Guam parishes and three in Hawaii. Parish work allows the friars to serve a large number of people in a variety of ways : celebrating the sacraments, preaching, teaching, counseling, organizing the parish community.

Our Parish Ministries on Guam

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church, Agana Heights
Santa Teresita Church, Mangilao
St. Jude Church, Sinajana
San Miguel Church, Talofofo
St. Francis Church, Yona

Our Parish Ministries in Hawaii

Our lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Waikane
Immaculate Conception Church, Ewa
Resurrection of the Lord Church, Waipio
St. George Church, Waimanalo

 

MILITARY CHAPLAIN

Father Michael Tenorio is the first Chamorro Capuchin to take on this important mission. In these days of fewer priests, it is more difficult to find priests to take care of the men and women of the armed services who are in great spiritual need during time of war. Father Mike is a chaplain in the Air Force in the U.S. mainland.

 

 

 

TEACHING

For many years, the friars administered Father Duenas Memorial School and Seminary on Guam (1959-1974). Father George Maddock, now a senior friar, was principal and teacher there for many years. The friars built parochial schools on Guam and Saipan and often taught in them. Brother Brian Champoux today is primarily a teacher, and Fathers Augustin Gumataotao and Andre Eduvala also teach.

 

MARRIAGE TRIBUNAL

Helping Catholics after the hardships of divorce is one of the key ministries of the Marriage Tribanul in any diocese. Several friars have worked in the Marriage Tribunal in years past. Today, Father Felixberto Leon Guerrero in Guam and Father Robert Maher in Hawaii continue to do so.

MANY OTHER APOSTOLATES

Friars on Hawaii and Guam have served and continue to serve in many other ways. They have served on many committees and councils of the dioceses they serve as well as on government committees for health care, social welfare and cultural matters. They assist in the spiritual care of many Catholic associations and communities like the Secular Franciscan Order, the Christian Mothers, Cursillo, Marriage Encounter and other groups. In the past, Capuchins have taken care of the Campus Ministry at the University of Guam and have served as chaplains to military chapels on Guam and the Guam Legislature. Friars have visited those in prison and those under psychiatric care. Some have even been artists and poets!

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