Friars Sisters Charism Vocations Media Support Contact Home Who Are We? Our History Publications Friar Spotlights Liturgical Calendar

Capuchin Franciscans - Province of St. Conrad | 3613 Wyandot St. Denver, CO 80211

303.477.5436 (tel) | 303.477.6925 (fax) |

Copyright © 2013. All Rights Reserved.

“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

Franciscans 1209

Capuchins trace their heritage back 800 years to the little poor man of Assisi, whom history knows as perhaps the most clear imitator of Christ. St. Francis of Assisi followed Jesus’ footsteps so closely and loved humanity and all creation so deeply that he is known as “the universal saint.” He began the Order of Friars Minor, literally “lesser brothers,” in 1209 and quickly gave them a Rule of Life, which he Pope orally approved that same year. With St. Clare of Assisi, Francis co-founded the Poor Clares. He also established the Secular Franciscan Order.

Capuchins 1528

The Capuchin Franciscan Order (O.F.M.Cap.) began in 1528 as a renewal of the Order of Friars Minor. Capuchin Franciscan friars desired more contemplative prayer and stricter poverty, but they were also fervent preachers of the Gospel and compassionate servants of the sick and suffering of their day. Attracting followers through their preaching, prayer, austerity, and ministry among the poor, the new community grew rapidly and soon spread throughout all of Europe. As of 31 December 2008, there were10,590 professed Capuchins worldwide, as well as 363 novices and 558 postulants. In North America there were 773 professed friars.

The History of the Capuchin Franciscans - Province of Mid-America