Fifteen Capuchin friars will be celebrating their jubilee celebrations at St. Lawrence Seminary High School, the founding site of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph, Mount Calvary, WI, August 5.
Anniversaries that will be celebrated include one friar celebrating 70 years in the Capuchin order; seven friars will be marking 65 years; four friars will be celebrating 60 years in the order; two friars will be celebrating their 50 year jubilee and one friar will be marking his 25th year in the order.
Milwaukee native Capuchin friar Matthew Gottschalk (65 years) has served Milwaukee’s central city since his ordination. Father Matthew founded the Capuchin ministry, House of Peace with fellow friar Brother Booker Ashe. He also served as pastor to the then three Capuchin central city parishes: St. Francis of Assisi, St. Benedict the Moor, and St. Elizabeth’s (now known as St. Martin de Porres).
In addition, twenty Cap Corps volunteers will be welcomed into service. Cap Corps is a Franciscan volunteer program and a Capuchin ministry, geared to college age students and graduates, who wish to emulate the example of St. Francis of Assisi and serve the poor and disenfranchised. Service placements include Detroit, Milwaukee, Chicago, Managua, Nicaragua and Lima, Peru.
The Capuchins are an international community of friars modeling themselves after St. Francis of Assisi. The brothers of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph, headquartered in Detroit, serve in a variety of ministries including social service, schools, chaplaincy, retreat houses and parishes in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Montana, Minnesota, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nicaragua, and Panama. Established at Mt. Calvary Wisconsin in 1857, there are currently 181 members in the St. Joseph province.