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New Chaplain: Fr. Joseph Tuscan, OFM Cap.

posted Apr 8, 2017, 9:17 AM by Noah Moerbeek
Dear brothers, sisters, and friends of the Militia Templi North American Preceptory:

Pax vobis! It is my honor and joy to introduce you to the newest chaplain of the Militia Templi, Fr.Joseph Tuscan, OFM Cap. Father Tuscan was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1967 and raised in Canton. He entered Borromeo Seminary in 1986 where he earned his bachelor's degree in Behavioral Sciences and philosophy in 1989. In 1990 he took first vows in the Capuchin Franciscan Order numbering more than 10,000 members worldwide. He entered the Order in the Province of St. Augustine which has its mother house in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He took perpetual vows in 1993. He earned his master's degree in theology at the Washington Theological Union in 1995 and was ordained to the priesthood in Pittsburgh at St. Augustine Church in 1997, by Donald Cardinal Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington DC. His first assignment after ordination to the priesthood was on the remote Pacific island of New Guinea where he served for four years as a missionary priest. Returning to the United States in 2001, Fr. Joseph has served in various capacities as parochial vicar, military and hospital chaplain, formation of students for the priesthood and pastor. He currently serves on the "preaching band" of his Province giving parish and other retreats. This is the oldest ministry of The Franciscan Order going back 800 years to St. Francis of Assisi who was himself a traveling preacher. Fr. Joseph also serves for laity and religious as a spiritual director. More recently, Fr. Tuscan spent the past year assigned to the Capuchin Custody of St. John the Baptist, in Puerto Rico, where he provided an invaluable service to Una Voce Puerto Rico in its efforts to promote and defend the Traditional Latin Mass apostolate. He also acted as chaplain for the Missionary Sisters of Charity in the Diocese of Mayaguez; as well as taking care of the spiritual needs of military personnel and their families at USCG Air Station Punta Borinquen in the city of Aguadilla. He is very much loved and respected by his Puerto Rican Una Voce flock for his paternal care and his fidelity, courage, and determination in defending our Holy Faith. I consider him an exemplary priest and a Godsend to all of us who've had the grace to meet and work with him. 

Please join me in welcoming Fr. Tuscan among our midst. God bless you all!

dom. Edgardo Cruz