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“A Vocation Story” - An original short film by the Capuchin Franciscans describing the conversion and vocation of a young friar, Fr. Joseph Mary Elder, O.F.M.Cap.

Running time: 12:22

Fourth Triennium 1986-89

Fr. Charles Chaput was reelected in 1986, and Fr. Charles Polifka and Bro. Joseph McGlynn replaced Frs. Gene and Mike as councilors. Frs. Dave and Earl remained. Joseph was the first lay friar on the province’s council.


The 1986 chapter voted overwhelmingly for a preferential option for the poor and also called for rounding out the Franciscan charism by bringing Capuchin Poor Clares into the province.


Fr. Harvey Dinkel became also provincial treasurer in 1986; and when Fr. Charles Chaput was named Bishop of Rapid City in 1988, Fr. Charles Polifka became acting provincial.


During 1986, friaries in Thornton CO, Atwood KS, and Shawnee KS were closed, the postulancy program moved back to Kansas City, St. Crispin’s Friary moved from 3739 to 3727 Westminster Pl., and St. John’s Friary was begun in Lawrence KS (15 July). Also during the triennium, the Capuchin Poor Clares arrived from Irupuato, Mexico, and began Our Lady of Light Monastery (17 Nov. 1988).


Friars began ministering at Cure d’Ars parish in Denver (1886), St. John’s Church, Lawrence (1986), and the Catholic campus center at Haskell Indian Nations University (1986), and the new Samaritan House was dedicated (20 Nov.).


David Songy was commissioned for service in Papua New Guinea in 1987 and was there till 1994.


Most of the Mid-American friars attended Bishop Chaput’s episcopal ordination in Rapid City (26 July 1988),


Fr. Vincent Rohr became the first executive director of NACC (1988), Bro. Mark Schenk was named English-speaking Secretary for the Order’s General Curia at Rome (1988), and Fr. Charles Polifka attended the General Chapter at Rome (1988)


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