Worldwide Leader of Capuchins Leads International Bell Ringing Ceremony
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Worldwide Leader of Capuchin Franciscans Leads International Bell Ringing Ceremony in Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA (April 2, 2010) - St. Lawrence of Brindisi Parish in Watts will be the stage for the Capuchin Franciscans Western America Province 100th anniversary "Call to Serve Bell Ringing Ceremony" on April 11, 2010. Minister General, Fr. Mauro Jöhri, OFM Cap., leader of the 11,000 member worldwide Order of the Capuchin Franciscans visiting from Rome, will lead the statewide and international bell ringing ceremony involving Catholic parishioners throughout California, Mexico, Rome, and Ireland. The event will be the first of many programs the Minister General will be participating in while visiting Los Angeles and various other cities throughout California on a one week tour on behalf the anniversary celebration.
During a brief ceremony prior to the St. Lawrence of Brindisi Parish Mass at 1:00pm, General Minister, Fr. Mauro Jöhri and Provincial Minster, Fr. Matt Elshoff, OFM Cap., will ring the church bells of St. Lawrence of Brindisi Church. Parishes in other Province locations throughout California and internationally will join them in a simultaneous ringing of their bells. Other locations include St. Bede Parish - La Canada, Old Mission Santa Ines - Solvang, San Lorenzo Seminary - Santa Ynez, Our Lady of Angels Parish - Burlingame, Chapel of San Juan Diego de los Pimas - San Juan Diego de los Pimas, Yécora, Sonora, México. Student pilgrims from La Canada's St. Francis High School, having just visited the birth place of the Capuchin Order in Assisi, Italy, will be observing the celebration in Rome via Skype. They will join in the bell ringing at St. Peter's Square within the Vatican walls. Friaries in Ireland, the origins of the original founding friars of the Province will also participate in the celebration. Plans include bell ringing at Holy Trinity Church in Cork, Ireland.
"The harmonious resonance of these bells celebrates the defining moment in the founding of our Province by the Irish Capuchin priests that went before us. Simultaneous ringing of the bells becomes a "symbol of fraternity and call to serve" uniting all Capuchin brothers and lay persons. Parishioners and friends of the Capuchins throughout California, across the border, and across the ocean, plan to participate and celebrate our shared history and origins. It is appropriate that the bells ring through the state and across borders. Founded by Irish priests, our Province has become a multicultural mix of followers that bring their unique contributions and gifts to make the religious community we have become today. The international ringing of the bells one hundred years after the founding of the Province brings the efforts and sacrifices of the founding friars full circle. This will be a great and defining moment," declares Provincial Minster, Fr. Matt Elshoff, OFM Cap.
For more information contact: Lori Shackel, Mission Coordinator, 818-957-6977
Capuchin Franciscan Western America
http://olacapuchins.org CA, 91011 US
Lori Juma - CF-WAP Anniversary Team, 818-957-6977
Capuchins, International Bell Ringing
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