As Capuchins we are very aware that we are not a church unto ourselves. We serve the needs of all with special emphasis being placed on the poor and marginalized. We all strive to make justice, peace and ecology a core aspect of all our ministries, whatever they may be.
Capuchin Appalachian Mission
For over 20 years, Capuchin Youth and Family Ministries (CYFM) in Garrison, NY has organized the Capuchin Appalachian Mission, a nine-day program in which young volunteers travel to Harlan County, Kentucky, and distribute clothing and children’s books, volunteer at a nursing home, organize a vacation bible school, and provide home improvements for low-income families. Also, during both the summer and the winter, CYFM organizes a week of service opportunity for high school students. Participants work at various jobs around the Hudson Valley area. These work locations include Habitat for Humanity sites, nursing homes and hospice care centers. Hundreds of young people have participated in these CYFM outreach programs.
Hundreds have been inspired to help those in need. Whether it’s through their own work or by working through others, the Capuchins continue to follow the example of St. Francis. They continue to go out into the world to carry Christ’s message of peace, love and promise to those who are often forgotten, and to assist those struggling to maintain their place in society.