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"For I did not come to be served, but to serve."

Living the Gospel in prayer, fraternity, and ministry.

"For I did not come to be served, but to serve."

Living the Gospel in prayer, fraternity, and ministry.

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We’d be honored to pray for you and your intentions! Please submit your prayer requests, and we’ll keep you and your loved ones in our daily prayers.

We Are the Capuchin Franciscans

The Capuchin Friars Minor is a Catholic religious order of men. Inspired by Saint Francis of Assisi, we dedicate our lives to serving the poor and marginalized and living the Gospel through fraternity, simplicity, and contemplative prayer.


As followers of St. Francis, desiring to be conformed more perfectly to the crucified and risen Christ, we seek to become a living prayer and joyful presence to draw others to Christ.


We are rooted in mutual love, humble reverence and respect for one another and for all people. Individually and communally, we commit ourselves to be in greater solidarity with the poor.


Following the meek and humble Christ, we share our joy as lesser brothers by walking with people of every social condition. We cultivate a disposition of humility and respect for the dignity of others.

Is God Calling You?

Are you in the process of discerning the call to religious life? Learn more about opportunities to discern religious life with the Capuchin Franciscans.


The vocation of the Lay Brother is an essential part of our Capuchin identity and way of life. Many of our Capuchin Saints were Lay Brothers who devoted their lives to serve those most in need as Porters, Infirmarians, and Questors who begged for alms for the Friary and the poor. Today, the brothers use their professional skills to work for the needs of the Order and the community.


Some brothers are further called to minister through the Sacrament of Holy Orders. A Capuchin priest is first and foremost called to live with, pray, and serve his fraternal community. Ordained brothers serve the poor and marginalized by providing the Sacraments while working in parishes, hospitals, prisons, and schools. Capuchin brothers also serve as missionaries in the US and around the world.

Come and See

February 2-4 in Santa Ynez, CA

Are you discerning religious life and/or the priesthood? Would you like to know more about what it's like to be a Capuchin Franciscan? Register for our upcoming Come and See Retreat, where you can spend a few days seeing what it's like to live like a friar. Join us for prayers, Mass, ministry, and fraternal brotherhood.
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