Outreach Ministry

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.

 
Our friars come to understand and start to demonstrate these values even as they study and prepare to go into ministry. While they are going to school in Boston as part of their formation program, some of them work at St. Francis House, an institution that provides shelter and rehabilitative services for the poor and homeless. Others work at a local hospital that provides healthcare services to the indigent. Some also work in local parishes and nursing homes. 
 
After completing their training, the Capuchins continue to be involved in various outreach programs. They minister in urban, rural and suburban parishes, serving both the poor and middle class, as well as the impoverished. Some serve as chaplains in hospitals, prisons, and schools; others serve as social workers and counselors. The Capuchins also work to inspire others, particularly the young, to reach out and assist those in need.
 
 

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.

 

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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Capuchin Journey

Capuchin Journey

The Capuchin Journey, our quarterly magazine, is designed to keep you informed about the good works our Friars are doing, both in the United States and around the world. Download your copy today.

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Please support our Capuchin Outreach Program NYC - Companions In Service

Please support our Capuchin Outreach Program NYC - Companions In Service

A Capuchin Outreach Ministries Companion in Service donation enables you to GO BY GIVING. Companions are an important part of our ministry team and vital to our success

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