Postulant Gavin Diego (standing) is leaving this Sunday to begin a new phase of his Capuchin formation. He will be one of around two dozen men from the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia who will form the new novitiate class 2012-2013. The first few months are spent in a friary in Kansas continuing the postulancy program; then off to Santa Ynez, California for the full-year of novitiate.
Before long, Gavin will be wearing the brown habit of a Capuchin novice! Safe trip Gavin! God go with you!
Recording equipment filled the chapel last night when Cathy Calvo Cruz, a well-known choir director and music teacher, recorded the accompaniment to a long list of Chamorro church hymns, both old and new. The recordings will be part of a Chamorro music project spearheaded by Pa'a Taotao Tano'.
This is not the first time sacred music was recorded in our chapel. The Saint Francis School Children's Choir did a recording back in the 90s, and the Island Chorale recorded their album of church hymns in our chapel in the early 2000s.
The mural beautifying the retaining wall outside the Friary was unveiled today, after more than a month of hard work in the hot sun by Tina Chargualaf, the artist, and her dozen or more volunteers. The wall is property of the Government of Guam, and paint and supplies were donated by Benson Guam.
Father George Maddock from the Friary gave the blessing.
The artist, Tina Chargualaf, is in the middle, wearing a black blouse; to the right is Mayor Paul McDonald. Father George is to the right.
The Friary in the mural against the backdrop of the actual Friary.
The mural, perhaps the longest village mural on Guam at the moment, depicts scenes of both traditional and modern life in the village.