Rich in Saints
The Capuchin tradition is rich with men and women renown for their holiness. St. Pio of Pietrelcina, “Padre Pio,” is just one of 59 Capuchin friars and nuns, from the 16th to the 20th century, who have been honored by the Church as saints and blesseds. This prompted the late Pope John Paul II to state, “They say you Capuchins are poor, but you are actually very, very rich. You have Saints.” It is no surprise that he noticed this, since he personally canonized 5 of the 15 Capuchin Saints and beatified 27 of the 44 Blesseds.