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The Capuchin Franciscans are an order of brothers, also called “friars.” The Capuchin order began as a reform of the Franciscan Observants in 1525 when several friars, disillusioned with the relaxations of the life, desired to return to a stricter observance of the rule and testament of St. Francis. In particular, they sought a more contemplative life, coupled with rigorous poverty and austerity, in accordance with the earliest traditions of the order. The Capuchins were originally persecuted for their… MORE

Information on the latest news and happenings in the Capuchin Province of Mid-America is available on the Province news blog. The blog contains the latest articles, news, photos, updates, and information on upcoming events from various Capuchin friars. The blog is updated on a weekly basis, so bookmark the page and check back often for updates. Readers can also easily subscribe to the RSS feed to have the latest blog posts sent to their email or electronic device… MORE

Is God calling you to follow Jesus Christ in a radical manner by professing the Evangelical Counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience after the model of St. Francis and the sound traditions of the Capuchin Reform? Learn more about formation in the Capuchin Province of Mid-America; subscribe to our newsletter and blog for regular updates; meet our young men in formation and read about their discernment testimonies; and, find out about upcoming vocation events and retreats… MORE

Vocations Who Are We?

“A Vocation Story” - An original short film by the Capuchin Franciscans describing the conversion and vocation of a young friar, Fr. Joseph Mary Elder, O.F.M.Cap.

Running time: 12:22

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