Province of St. Joseph

Our 2014-2017 Provincial Council
L-R: Capuchin Friars Gary Wegner, Jerome Johnson, Steven Kropp, Michael Sullivan, Robert Roemer

Capuchin Friar Michael Sullivan has been elected as provincial minister of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph. Brother Michael entered the Capuchin order in 1971 and was ordained 1984. In 2002, Br. Michael served as an associate pastor of St. Clare Montefalco Parish, located on Chicago’s southside. In 2004, he was named pastor.

Br. Michael states, “I have always tried in my various ministries to live by this quote from St Francis: ‘We are called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way.’ I am trusting in the guidance of the Holy Spirit for me and the provincial council as we continue our pastoral planning.”

Besides Br. Michael, newly elected council members include the following friars:  provincial vicar, Gary Wegner, and councilors Jerome Johnson, Steven Kropp, and Robert Roemer. Over 140 friars attended the four-day chapter, held every three years, to elect the Provincial Council, their governing body, and to discuss theological and social/justice issues.

Established at Mt. Calvary Wisconsin in 1857, the Capuchins are an international community of friars modeling themselves after St. Francis of Assisi.  The brothers of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph, headquartered in Detroit, serve in a variety of ministries including social service, schools, chaplaincy, retreat houses and parishes in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Montana, Arizona, California, Nicaragua, and Panama. Click here for employment opportunities in the Province.