Academic Year 2019-2020
International College of Saint Lawrence of Brindisi of the Capuchin Friars Minor
The Capuchin Order established the College of St. Lawrence of Brindisi not only as a place for formation, but also as a place for fostering an intercultural fraternity among friars of different continents. In a place where so many friars from different countries of the world live together, the key word truly is “intercultural”. The College was entrusted with the mission of helping the friars live in their international setting by promoting the value of cultural sharing. Fraternity in this way serves to integrate the brothers’ experiences, allowing them to more effectively share the wealth of their respective cultures. Everyone has the opportunity to learn something of the languages represented and to live fully integrated in the midst of this multi-cultural arena.
Also during this academic year 2019/20, we commit to renewing this opportunity of living as an international fraternity, while striving to make the words of our Seraphic Father Saint Francis alive and present, who thus invites us: “"Let us begin, brothers, to serve the Lord God, because so far we have made little or no profit!" (Celano, The First Life, Part II 6:103).
From deep within the Word of God, the Holy Spirit shapes us, instructs us, explains to us, enlightens us, and guides us into making time spent at the College a true occasion for growth in the international spirit of fraternity – a hallmark of our Order and of the Catholic Church worldwide. To this extent, and in the footsteps of St. Lawrence of Brindisi himself, we can become apostles par excellence of the Word of God.
The new academic year 2019/2020 has already started. As usual, it is accompanied by a yearbook where you can find plenty of information about our International College. For those close to us, those who are part of our community, this little book serves as a guide to our daily lives. For those who are far away, in different parts of the world where this publication arrives, it can serve as a window for getting to know our life a little bit better.
Andrzej Kiejza OFM Cap
Rector of the college
Download the new College Yearbook Book - Academic Year 2019-2020