Historically, Capuchin missionaries have been a mobile presence since colonial times in much of Central America, evangelizing the mostly indigenous peoples, and establishing the church among them.
Since Vatican II, the Capuchins have been pioneers in the establishment of thousands of rural Catholic communities, organized and coordinated entirely by volunteer lay ministers. These communities provide almost all the services of small parishes, complete with Sunday Services, pre-sacramental catechesis (baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Marriage), youth and music ministers, rural schools, and pastoral teams that coordinate all of these.
The chief ministries of Capuchin pastors in all of Central America (except Costa Rica) is now twofold: First, provide the ongoing biblical and pastoral formation of the parish's hundreds of lay ministers; and second, pastoral visits to coordinate those wonderful communities. The Midwest Capuchins serve in Nicaragua and Panama.