Since its beginning, the Capuchins have sent friars to mission lands. They follow the example of St. Francis of Assisi, who himself went to Africa to work among a group of Muslims called the Saracens.
The province's first foreign missionaries were dedicated individuals who were sent to China and India. In 1938, the Church authorities in Rome assigned specific territories to the province. These included the island of Guam in the Pacific and later extended to Okinawa, and the Atlantic coast region of the Bluefields Vicariate in Nicaragua, Central America. At the present time, its friars are working in the Middle East and in Central America. Those in Central America labor in Panama and Nicaragua.
Also, the Capuchin missions in Montana are ministries on the margins of our society and our church. Friars have been working on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation since 1926, though the mission began there in the late 1800’s by a lone Jesuit priest traveling on horseback. Centered in Ashland Montana at St. Labre Parish and School, the friars also serve the Catholic communities at Lame Deer, Busby, and the surrounding area.
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