Capuchin Cafe is a new ministry started and hosted by the Capuchin Friars in Washington, D.C. The Capuchin Cafe is a free monthly coffeehouse open to the public offering faith, fellowship, food, fun, and coffee. The young brothers of the friary have worked very hard to convert the unused cellar below the chapel into a welcoming coffeehouse. This special evening fell on the Feast of St. Cecilia (the patron saint of music and musicians) and the vigil of the great Feast of Christ Our King, so it started with Adoration and a beautiful worship and praise service including inspiring preaching from Fr. Paul Dressler, the Director of Formation of the Capuchin College & Friary.
The Capuchin Friars have a wonderful band that got everyone singing at the top of their lungs, and packed the chapel with neighbors of “Little Rome” which is in the middle of Catholic University and surrounded by many religious communities who joined together in the celebrations and praise.
Cleanse and Fill Your Soul
During the coffeehouse, there were also four priest available for confessions using the confessionals upstairs. This coffeehouse was a wonderful place of sharing in conversation, hugs, and joyous singing, with smiles seen in every corner of the coffeehouse. Outside in the courtyard, many young people also enjoyed the fire pit engaged in conversations and laughter. Inside the Capuchin Cafe , the friars from the Dominican House of Studies played on the new stage and sound-system with the band called the Hillbilly Thomists. These Dominicans rocked the cafe and had everyone clapping and singing along.
Some of the brothers showed off their baking skills, by providing hospitality with Capuchin gingerbread men, scones, and pastries in addition to the wonderful coffee served at this new coffeehouse. A group of young women from the Cap Corp Volunteers also helped in running the Cafe. These young ladies live in an intentional community nearby and serve as volunteers helping the Capuchin order with works of mercy in the community.
Fr. Paul Dressler closed the evening with a moving prayer, and we all sang the Salve Regina. What a wonderful gathering and I encourage you to go experience Capuchin Cafe for some inspiring Franciscan hospitality and spirituality.
Note: Capuchin College and Friary is currently working on a new website, that will be shared in a future blog and will include the Capuchin Cafe schedule.
If you are interested in the Capuchin Order of Franciscans, please contact:
Fr. Paul Dressler, O.F.M. Capuchin
Director of Formation, Capuchin College
4121 Harewood Road, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20017
(202) 529-2188 x157