The site isn't 100% complete, but in true Capuchin fashion, we're learning as we're developing.
Since leaving the Novitiate last year, there's been a focus to update our current website. The Vocations Office for the Capuchins has a current website, but like many religious orders, relies on outside skill to develop and manage a web presence. This is significant because we, like other religious orders, have seen a dramatic increase in the number of inquirers that find our community via the Web versus traditional methods.
With some schooling under my belt, along with my own desire to learn HTML, CSS, and a little PHP, I was asked to put together a collaborative blog that allowed friars at different levels to contribute and provide a snapshot of what it is to live as a Capuchin friar.
The vocation blog will have several authors. I will be contributing weekly to our vocation blog on articles surrounding discernment as a 2nd career vocation as well as the synthesis of science and religion in today's technology. Others will write about their experiences, including our own Provincial Minister. I've already talked to other friars who would be willing to occasionally contribute their stories as a parish priest, missionary in South America, or even their ministry in the inner-city. I'm eager to see how this method of combining my computer skills with the stories and wisdom of my Order will give voice to the charism and mission of the Capuchin Franciscans.
So take a look and please share it with others!