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Time Flies

Img 2266 Time does fly by fast, I felt like the past three months I spent in Milwaukee ended in a flash. Milwaukee has been nothing but great for me and my vocation. I was able to meet with a lot of wonderful people who have generously given up their time to volunteer at Capuchin Community Service's St. Ben's Community Meal site. They really have inspired me to continue my journey with God. It is a blessing to know that someone would spend time and pray a rosary for me, plus for those who discern for the priesthood.

What We Take For Granted

Shower-1502736 1920 Last Thursday I had the privilege of serving at St. Ben’s Community Meal. There were a couple of volunteer cancellations, and I was free. The last time I served, the weather was mild, and the volunteer serving team looked energetic. This time, the volunteers looked cheerful but wilted. August 11th was another humid, hot day – in the 90’s. Fortunately, our faithful volunteers and staff (myself included) can go home to a refreshing shower afterward and enjoy the comfort of air conditioning. Our guests at St. Ben’s Meal are not so lucky. For many men, women, and children the meal hall is their only respite from a long day dodging the heat and sun. They wait patiently outside on the east side of the building where there is a bit of shade. The heat is tough on them; you can see it in their tired faces and slow movements.

The Ministry of Compassion

Word-cloud-936542 1280 The Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order’s mission statement is referred to as the “blue sheet.” This blue sheet lists the mission statement and six vision and value statements. The value statement that has been on my mind lately is, “compassion.” Capuchin Community Services interacts with a variety of people of differing race, faiths, and mental capacity.

Activism and Structural Change

Screen shot 2016-06-14 at 11.19.27 am Here at Capuchin Community Services we do more than just help people with basic needs. That’s an incredibly important thing and a good deal of what we do, but we also try to be involved with activism and structural change. It’s good to help others but if all we do is enable them to stay in their poor state than we really aren’t helping them. One of the ways we do that as Capuchins is by working with other organizations that advocate and push for social change. Here in Milwaukee one of our main partners is Voces de la Frontera in Walker’s Point.