The Capuchin Development Office was created in the 1970s primarily to support the missionary efforts in Zambia. Over time, the role of the development Office has grown in support of the Friars’ efforts to establish ministries that meet the ever-changing needs of the less fortunate.

The Development office, located in Union City, NJ, coordinates all fund raising activities that assist the Friars in serving the poor, homeless, elderly, and ill. Such programs that are supported through this office include the Capuchin Network of Shelters (CNS), formation, caring for ill Friars in St. Lawrence Friary, as well as the ongoing Missions ministry in Zambia.


Capuchin Franciscan Friars Province of the Sacred Stigmata of St. Francis
Office of Development and Missionary Activities


PO Box 839
319 36th St
Union City, NJ 07087

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Tel: 201- 863-4036
Fax: 201- 863-4428


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Capuchin Franciscan Friars
Province of the Sacred Stigmata of St. Francis
Development Office
PO Box 839
Union City, NJ 07087

Thank you!

Thank you for your inquiry about our Masses. The Friars are privileged to bring your
needs before our Lord as we celebrate Mass each day.

Announced Masses

For each announced Mass, which is offered on a specific day for a loved one, living or
deceased the mass stipend is $10.

Perpetual Masses

A loved one, living or deceased, can be enrolled in our Capuchin Mission Association.
This is a perpetual enrollment that is accompanied by a beautiful folder, containing
the name of your beloved that can be mailed to whomever you would like. The mass
stipend is $15.

Gregorian Masses

Gregorian Masses are a Catholic tradition of over 1,300 years, and consist of a series of
thirty Masses offered on thirty consecutive days for the repose of the soul of a departed
person. St. Gregory related how, when he had finished this series of thirty Masses for a
departed monk, the monk appeared to tell him he had thus gained entry into eternal
glory. The stipend is $300.

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Padre Pio was born Francesco Forgione on May 25, 1887, in Pietrelcina, Italy, into a simple family. At the age of 15 he entered the Capuchin Franciscan Friars, and was ordained a priest in 1910. In September, 1916 he was assigned to the Friary in San Giovanni Rotondo in central Italy where he lived for the rest of his life.

After celebrating morning Mass on September 20, 1918, during his prayers of thanksgiving before the Crucifix, Padre Pio received the "Stigmata". His hands, feet and side were pierced with the nail marks and the lance wound of Crucified Christ.  Doctors estimated that for the next 50 years he lost a cup of blood every day. His five wounds were deep, bleeding and painful, but completely free of inflammation and swelling.  News of his holiness spread rapidly. Millions of people attended his Masses. He received letters from believers all over the world who asked for his saintly counsel in their time of distress and misfortune. Countlesswere attracted to his confessional, where he celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation for as many as 16 hours a day. People waited as much as two weeks to have him hear their confession, for they perceived in Padre Pio the true heart and soul of the Gospels, expressed in a simple and uncomplicated manner. 

His whole life was marked by long hours of prayer, continual sacrifice, and strict austerity. He had a very deep union with God, a burning love for the Holy Eucharist, and a fervent devotion to Our Blessed Mother. Worn out by half a century of intense suffering and constant apostolic activity in San Giovanni Rotondo, Padre Pio was called to his heavenly reward on September 23, 1968. He was canonized a Saint by Pope John Paul II on June 16, 2002. Today his  tomb is the most visited shrine in Europe, surpassing even Fatima and Lourdes - a place of extraordinary holiness for those in search of inspiration.











Living a religious vocation is a mystery, and determining a vocation is difficult. God respects our individuality and freedom, and therefore discernment can and should be a gradual discovery. God wants us to freely choose our vocation, whatever it may be; therefore, some basic questions should be pondered:- How have I experienced God’s love in my life?

- Do I actively and joyfully practice my Catholic faith?

- Do I participate in ministry in my parish or community?

- Do I desire a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ?

- Do I enjoy working with people from all walks of life?

- Does the life and Rule of St. Francis enliven me?

- Does the Gospel message excite me?

- Am I searching for a way to share my gifts and talents with others?

- Do I sense a call from God to some specific walk of life, but I’m not quite sure?


If you have said yes to some of these questions, you should:

- Pray for understanding of God’s word in your life.

- Have a personal meeting with one of the vocation staff to ask questions and get feedback. (No strings attached!)

- Speak to a priest, deacon, sister, brother or lay person experienced in the spiritual life to help you discern.

- Get involved in your parish community in forms of service.

- Become part of the Capuchin Discernment Program.

- Keep in touch with the friars; visit and speak with them often!


The potential candidate for religious life must be one who can live in fraternity and be committed to community life. While living in a community can be an absolute joy, it requires serious adjustments in lifestyle. Renouncing material goods is not easy in today’s world. Community living involves compromising and sharing and dialoguing, trying to come to mutual understanding and acceptance of each member of the community.

"If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me." Matthew 16:24

"Sell what you have, give it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven, and come, follow me." Matthew 19:21

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