Fr. Joseph Tuscan, OFM Cap
Fr. Joseph serves as one of the preachers for the Capuchins of the Province of St. Augustine and presents retreats and days of reflection. He will lead this retreat by helping us grow toward Holiness, the goal of all Christians who seek God and His Heavenly Kingdom.
1 Peter 1:16 because it is written, You shall be holy, for I am Holy.
Fr. Joseph was born in Columbus, OH, in 1967 and was raised in Canton, OH. He earned his Bachelor's degree in 1989 from Borromeo College Seminary. In 1990, he professed his first vows as a Capuchin Franciscan friar. Making his Perpetual vows in 1993, he went on to earn his Master's degree in theology in 1995 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1997.
Fr. Joseph's first assignment after ordination was in Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific where he served for four years. Returning to the US in 2001, he has served in various capacities as parochial vicar, pastor, military and hospital chaplain and has also served in Puerto Rico.
Fr. Joseph currently serves as the national director of the Archconfraternity of Christian Mothers and in full-time preaching ministry for the Capuchin Province of St. Augustine, offering retreats and reflection days for parishes, Religious and Priests.
Who are the Capuchins?
Most people are familiar with St. Francis of Assisi. Although he lived about 800 years ago he is one of the most popular and well known saints. He left a life of money and honor to pursue God in a radical way. He lived a very simple life living the ideals of caring for the poor with total detachment from the possessions of this world.
About three hundred years after St. Francis, a group of Franciscan friars wanted to return to the more primitve Rule and ideals of St. Francis. They spent their time serving the poor, sick and dying. In 1528, Pope Clement VII gave them permission to form a new community to that person. Because of the large hoods of their habits, the Italian children called the "cappuccini" and they soon became known as the "Capuchins". There are about 11,000 Capuchins worldwide tody.