Friday, July 10, 2009

Catholic Australia: holiness and youthfulness...

The Church universal. St. Francis, pray for us!


Ben said...

Somehow the baseball hats surprisingly fit well with the habit.

Anonymous said...

I agree. Capuchins always have that rugged rustic look. The baseball caps work for them. I don't think the Dominicans or Carmelites could carry it off.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't anyone think that the baseball caps look rather ridiculous/comical on the friars.

I think it detracts from their appearance in the traditional habit and makes them look abit like a joke.

Anonymous said...

My grandfather just saw this site, and told me that the 2 Capuchin friars bring back memories for him when he was an attache(basically an exec. who helped run the office)at the Japanese embassy to Italy in from 1953-1961.
Our family is Catholic, and counts some of the early Japanese martyrs to the faith in the early 1600's among our ancestors. They are now canonized as martyrs for the Faith.
MY grandfather who is 89 and lives with us near Philadelphia said he remembers seeing literally hundreds of Capuchin friars on the streets of Rome in those days, and Franciscans, Dominicans, Carmelites, Trinitarians, and even Jesuits (believe it or not)...all in habit. Not to mention tens of thousands of nuns representing little Italian Orders which had no more than 6-7 dozen members scattered around Rome and Italy, to the more substantial Italian and world wide Orders of sisters, not to mention thousands of seminarians each in national cassocks.
In those says, he says all the monastic Orders of friars (in Rome at least), wore the monastic corona (tonsure). So in those days, these guys wouldn't have baseball caps...but rather tonsure (which I think would be more impressive).