Our strength is derived from our rich heritage of contemplative prayer, preaching the Word of God and caring for those in need. We circle the globe with approximately 12,000 friars, who serve our Lord and the Church in a variety of ministries: preaching God’s Word, comforting and supporting the sick in hospitals, nursing homes and homes, directing retreats and leading parishes. Friars also staff soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters for the homeless, poor and needy, minister to migrants and their families, and serve as missionaries in foreign lands. Our ministry focuses on service to the poor, the oppressed, the infirm, the troubled and the forgotten. Our Capuchin Franciscan lives celebrate the traditional religious values of poverty, chastity and obedience through all our work and leisure as we answer the call of Jesus Christ.
Capuchin Franciscans wear the traditional habit of St. Francis of Assisi: sandals on our feet, ropes at our waists and rosary beads at our sides, as an outward sign of belonging to a Franciscan brotherhood. However, it is living habits of service to God and others that are at the heart of our capuchin lives and communities.