Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over…for the measure you give will be the measure you get back. – Luke 6:38
Questing, a Franciscan Heritage
St. Francis of Assisi himself taught us the ministry of begging, sometimes called “questing.” He is known as the Poverello-“the little poor man” – of Assisi, and he begged not only for his own needs and those of his brothers, but also for the poor.
In our Rule of Life he told us not to be afraid to beg: “As pilgrims and strangers in this world, serving the Lord in poverty and humility, let the friars go seeking alms with confidence, and they should not be ashamed to beg because, for our sakes, our Lord made Himself poor in this world.”
Francis insisted that all the friars work and, so far as possible, support themselves by their own work, but should that prove inadequate they should then turn to “the table of the Lord.” We Capuchins could not exist today without the help and support of many friends and benefactors, so we confidently put ourselves in their hands.
Channels of Help from Our Benefactors
Direct Mail Appeals
Our most basic way of gaining fiscal support is through direct mail appeals sent to friends and benefactors four times throughout the year. When we write to our donors we invite them to share their prayer intentions with us so that we can remember their specific needs in our fraternal prayers. Many people use this opportunity to include a monetary gift to support our lives and ministries.
Parish Mission Appeals
Each summer the Province is invited to preach from the pulpit about the evangelization efforts of our men serving in foreign missions. This pulpit-preaching program is made possible through local dioceses’ Propagation of the Faith Offices. Annually, a number of friars preach in 20-30 parishes in 6-9 dioceses. Second collections taken during these Masses support our foreign mission work.
Capital Campaigns and Major Gifts
The St. Conrad Province may embark on a major capital project or a new vision of growth that requires support outside the scope of annual appeals. For these opportunities, the Office of Development approaches friends and asks for major gifts and multi-year pledges.
The Brown Robe Benefit
Each year Friends of the Friars (a committee of volunteers) share their time, talents and treasures in the production of a major fundraising event in Denver. Proceeds from the event are used to support formation, retirement as well as their ministries in Denver, Kansas and Texas. For more information, see www.brownrobe.com.
Wills and Bequests
Friends and benefactors of the Capuchins often want to leave a legacy of what matters most to them. Thoughtfully planning their wills and special gifts can address their personal desire to bless the work of the Capuchins’ ministry to the poor and marginalized, or to support the growth of their vocations and men in formation. For more information, click here: Wills and Bequests.
For more information, contact Debbie Scott, Director of Development