"Your vocation is the place God calls you to where your deepest happiness meets the world's deepest hunger."- Frederick Buechner


"On his deathbed, Francis said to his brothers:' I have done what is mine to do; may Christ teach you yours.'"- Major Legend of St. Francis by St. Bonaventure 14:3


Living the Gospel...Making a Difference


The Capuchin Franciscans are inspired by the life and ideals of St. Francis of Assisi- dedicated to serving those in need, living a simple lifestyle together as a community of brothers, and drawing closer to the Lord through common and private prayer.  

Are you looking to understand God’s will in your life and what God is calling you to? Are you looking for fulfillment? Are you looking for a life of brotherhood, prayer and service to the poor? If you are asking yourself these questions, maybe God is calling you to consider the Capuchin Franciscan way of life.

While every person is called to serve God through humble service of our neighbor, there are many ways to live out this calling.  The Capuchin Franciscans, like other Franciscan groups and other religious communities, aim to live the Gospel life in a spirit of fraternity, ministry, and prayer.  What makes the Capuchins so unique, however, is their emphasis on being contemplatives in action.

In other words, the goal of each Capuchin friar, no matter what ministry he is engaged in, is to be a contemplative.  But it does not and it cannot stop there.  Once the friar sees and experiences God's presence in every part of our world, he then works, in whatever way he is called to do, toward making sure that the light of Christ is not being obscured by ignorance, poverty, or injustice.  The Capuchin friars, lay brothers and priests, are able to do this through an incredible diversity of ministries and opportunities that empower the people they serve to become the best persons they can be.  

"Inspired by God, St. Francis initiated a Gospel form of life that he called a brotherhood according to the example of the life of Christ and his disciples."  Capuchin Constitutions 83:5



With great joy and thanksgiving to God, we announce that four men have just been accepted into our postulancy program, which will begin in late August.  We are truly blessed to have them among us, and as they bring their gifts and their eagerness to serve God's Church, they will greatly enrich our Capuchin fraternity.


          David Birkdale                  Dan Hamel                        Scott Leet                       Francisco Serrano




On November 30, the Church began the Year of Consecrated Life, an opportunity to celebrate all that religious men and women contribute to the life of the Church and to learn more about their particular way of life.  To read more about all that is happening in our province and beyond to celebrate this special year, please click here.  http://yearofconsecratedlife-provinceofstmary.com/

To see a video of some of our friars sharing their experience of consecrated life, please click below.




We thank you for your interest in the Capuchin Franciscans and we invite you to explore the rest of this web site to find out more about who we are and what we try to offer to the people of God. If you are a Catholic man between the ages of 18 and 40, perhaps we could assist you in your discernment process.  We invite you to contact Brother Tim Jones, O.F.M., Cap., Director of Vocation Ministry, to learn more about our way of life, our ministries and answer any questions you may have.

Brother Tim Jones, O.F.M., Cap. can be reached at St. Joseph Friary, 34 South Chestnut Street, New Paltz, NY 12561; or 845-642-1025; or brotimjonesofmcap@gmail.com.


Read about our brothers in post-novitiate formation

Read about our brothers in post-novitiate formation

The Boston Pilot recently published an interesting article about our brothers in post-novitiate formation in Jamaica Plain. To read the article, please click below.

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Reflections on consecrated life

Reflections on consecrated life

To see a video of two of our friars reflecting on consecrated life, please click below. One of the brothers is celebrating his golden jubilee of priesthood this year and the other is in his postulancy year, but they both have much wisdom to share.

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The Gift of Lay Brothers

The Gift of Lay Brothers

Our Minister General recently wrote a reflection on the important role that lay brothers play in Capuchin life and ministry. In fact, most of our Capuchin saints and blesseds were lay brothers. Please click below to read the reflection.

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