History of the Capuchins

"Inspired by the gospel of Jesus and the example of Francis of Assisi…"

St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi created a community of equality. They proclaimed that the Good News was available to all people, especially those shunned by society. The Capuchin Franciscans are a Roman Catholic order of brothers shaped by this heritage.


Building on this Franciscan tradition, the Capuchins were founded in 1528 and emphasized prayer and contemplation, preaching, and physical care of the needy. Today, many of our brothers continue this preaching tradition. However, we are aware we are not a church unto ourselves. Our Province is full of new and exciting ministries and we are becoming increasingly involved in ministries concerning justice, peace and ecology.