The Capuchin Franciscans are a Roman Catholic religious order of priests and brothers who are inspired by the ideals of St. Francis of Assisi. In the spirit of St. Francis, they live a Gospel brotherhood, embracing the message of Christ and living simply. They are committed to serving the poor.
The strength of the Capuchins is derived from their rich heritage of contemplative prayer, preaching the Word of God and caring for those in need. The Capuchins circle the globe with amount 12,000 Friars who serve the Lord and the Church in a variety of ministries. Their commitment to serving those in need extends from the local poor and needy of the community to those in distant foreign lands. Capuchins celebrate the traditional religious values of poverty, chastity and obedience.
The Friars live in brotherhood, supporting and challenging one another in shared Catholic faith and religious vocation. By working and praying together, they encourage one another to fully live the Gospel, in the spirit and example of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, Blessed Padre Pio and many other holy Friars both past and present.