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In general we are able to cover the majority of our day-
Most men entering our Order commit five to ten years to formation for living our life and preparing for ministry. This may include obtaining a college degree and a graduate degree in theology or in other related fields. While these men are in our formation program, they are not assigned to any ministry; so they have no ordinary income. Education costs currently amount to about $50,000 per man. We need help covering this expense.
Our men dedicate their lives to service of the Church, but historically there has
been little provision for our retirement needs. In recent years, the Province established
a retirement endowment fund to respond to the Province's imminent retirement concerns.
However, this endowment is severely under-
Our Capuchin brothers serving as foreign missionaries in Papua New Guinea, Puerto Rico and Mexico do not receive salaries for their evangelization efforts. Funds are needed to cover the cost of their health insurance, travel to and from the United States for home leave every three to five years, and other related expenses.
The Catholic Center at the Citadel Mall
In the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, our Capuchin Franciscan friars at the Citadel strive to provide a spiritual resource center that offers peace, reconciliation, and guidance to those who may feel a spiritual emptiness in their lives. We offer two daily Masses and are available Monday through Saturday during mall hours for confessions and other counseling and referrals to local parishes and programs of Catholic Charities. Three of the four friars are fluent in Spanish, allowing them to respond to the growing Hispanic population in Colorado Springs.
The Catholic Center at the Citadel Mall opened in November 2001, funded by a partnership
between the Diocese of Colorado Springs and the Capuchin Province of Mid-
Ministry to the Poor
Some of the friars in the U.S. are engaged in ministry to the very poor who are unable to offer salaries or stipends for the friars who help them. The Province depends upon friends and benefactors to compensate this ministry through donations.
Building Renovation Projects
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