Thursday, July 25, 2013


On July 25, Brother Ryan Charfauros renewed his temporary vows for one more year.  The ceremony was held at Saint Fidelis Friary before Fr Joseph English, Vice Provincial.  Br Brian Champoux and Fr George Maddock served as witnesses.

Br Ryan hails from the parish of Santa Teresita in Mangilao.  He is studying at the University of Guam and ministers at Santa Teresita parish, mainly with the youth ministry.  Every other week, he helps serve meals to the homeless at a Catholic center for those in need of those services.

A fraternal embrace from Fr Gus Gumataotao....

...and from Fr Felix Leon Guerrero


The Vice Province is blessed to have two young men from Guam invested in the habit of the Capuchin Order this past weekend.

Brother William Paulino is from Saint Joseph parish in Inarajan.  Brother Jason Chargualaf is from Saint Jude parish in Sinajana.

The novitiate is one full year of initiation into the Capuchin way of life.  Novices live in community - praying, studying, working and sharing life as brothers.

Some years ago, it was decided to have all the novices from the U.S., including the Vice Province of Guam/Hawaii, English-speaking Canada and Australia do their novitiate year together.  After some time in Pennsylvania, the novitiate program moved to Southern California.  The novitiate is in a quiet, ranch area of Santa Ynez, a town near Solvang, which is about half an hour from Santa Barbara.

Father Patrick Castro from Guam flew to the investiture ceremony to represent the friars of Guam and Hawaii.


Capuchin Father Roberto (Bert) San Diego from the Philippine Province is here on Guam to visit the friars for a month and a half.  Welcome Fr Bert and enjoy your stay!

Monday, July 8, 2013


For some time now, the Cathedral parish in Honolulu has been planning the renovation of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace.

Recently, Capuchin Father Gordon Combs, in residence at the Cathedral parish, spoke to the Youth Group of that parish, encouraging them to support the renovation efforts.

As Father Gordon took the group on a tour of the Cathedral, he pointed out that "Saint Francis was called by God to 'repair the Church.'"  This repair, he continued, is both spiritual and physical.

Father Gordon with the Youth Group who attended the tour