Capuchin Life

“We have been called to heal wounds,
to unite what has fallen apart,
and to bring home those who have lost their way.”
- St. Francis of Assisi

Capuchin life emphasizes prayer, ministry, and a life shared in community with other friars. In every dimension of Capuchin life, we build sister-brotherhood as often as and wherever we can. We build and heal relationships among ourselves, within the church, and in the world.

Prayer is the cornerstone of Capuchin community life, drawing each friar into a closer relationship with God and a closer relationship with his brothers in community. Morning and Evening Prayer and the celebration of the Eucharist are staples of Capuchin community prayer. Individually, each friar strives to commit at least one hour each day to personal prayer and meditation. In addition to these standard times of community worship, friars gather to share theological reflections on their lives, ministries, and faith.

Capuchin Franciscans live in community, supporting each other and developing bonds of brotherly love. In addition to participating in the “basics” (meals, prayer, work, and recreation), friars share values, faith, and personal life experiences that unite them on a deeper level and strengthen them in their common life as followers of St. Francis.

Whether in everyday life or in particular ministries, every Capuchin preaches the gospel through the example of his life. Many of us also preach in more formal settings such as the liturgy, retreats, parish missions, and the class room.

Capuchin Franciscan friars are actively engaged in the world, not shunning it, recognizing in all people and in all of creation (as St. Francis did) the real presence of God. There is no dichotomy between community and ministry for the Capuchin. Our life is seamless, building sister-brotherhood as often as and wherever we can.

We list below the official Capuchin communities of the province. Many communities are associated with a building such as a friary or monastery. Other times, the community gathers together friars serving over a wide geographic area.

The official Capuchin communities of the province are:

Metro-Detroit, Michigan

  • St. Bonaventure Community
  • St. Charles Community
  • St. Mary Community
  • St. Crispin Community (Washington Township)

Saginaw, Michigan

  • St. Joseph Commmunity

Chicago, Illinois

  • St. Clare of Assisi Community
  • San José Community

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • St. Conrad Community
  • St. Francis Community
  • St. Benedict the Moor Community

Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin

  • St. Lawrence Community
  • St. Felix Community

Appleton, Wisconsin

  • St. Fidelis Community 


  • St. Katharine Drexel Community

Tucson, Arizona

  • San José Community 

Overseas Missions 

  •  Middle East
  •   Nicaragua
  •   Panama