Our Charism

We, Capuchins from the youngest branch of the Order of Friars Minor and date back to 1525, when some Franciscans were inspired to live a stricter life of prayer and poverty which was closer to the original intentions of St. Francis of Assisi. Our reform received early recognition and grew fast, first in Italy, then all over Europe since 1574. Our Order now serves in 101 countries, around 11,000 brothers living in more than 1,800 fraternities.

Simplicity, closeness to the people, and a fraternal spirit in our houses and our apostolates are clearly visible signs that mark our lifestyle, while emphasizing the importance of prayer and conversion.
We are brothers. We live in fraternity, pray as individuals and as a community, share meals and time together, help each other grow, just like in a family. Our communities, called fraternities are joyful and hospitable places.
We are evangelical brotherhood. Jesus with His Gospel is our guide towards a single and humble life among people. The life of Christ, Holy Scriptures, St. Francis and his writings, gives us inspiration.

We are sent by the Lord to preach, first by the example of our lives, then by many practical ways: prayer and contemplation, parish work and renewal, education, retreat giving, spiritual direction, mission activities, social service, etc. open to the myriad charisms the Holy Spirit implants in each person, we nurture whatever gift God has given us and place them to good use in His vineyard.

The Capuchins first came to the Philippines in 1886, just when other missionaries were leaving because of the growing Philippines revolution. Their real destination was not even the Philippines but the Carolines and Palaos in the Pacific. Six of the first eleven eventually continued their journey but the other five remained in the Philippines. The first Capuchin missionaries really destined to work in the Philippines only arrived in Manila in 1901.

After 100 years, this small Spanish seed has grown to bear 100 Filipino brothers in 14 fraternities all over the country some of whom are themselves missionaries in Mindanao, the Middle-East and the Asia-Pacific and Europe.

4 Responses to Our Charism

  1. Janvier S. Enero says:

    To the Capuchin Community,

    Greetings of peace in the Lord God.

    I am a 31 year old man living in Paranaque City embarking on a vocation exploration, though late. I have been wanting to say Yes to the Lord God to be his full-time Servant, but I do not know where to start, so I decided to
    email you.

    I wanted to get to know the congregation and the works (especially in education). I am not sure if I can join the community at this age, but I am searching as to what is my true calling.

    I hope I may be able to come to any nearest Capuchin Mission Area
    anytime soon to get to know more of the congregation and to see a
    possibility of how can also I be of help to you.

    That will be all for the meantime. Here is hoping to see you very
    soon. May God bless all of you and your works for His glory.

    Janvier S. Enero

    • Eugenio Juanilo Lopez says:

      Dear Janvier,

      Peace and all good!
      You can try seeing our vocation director at Sta. Teresita Parish Kanlaon St. Sta. Mesa Heights Quezon City or try to get in touch with him through his cell phone at +639178558133.
      God bless!

  2. Raymart says:

    Hello! I am Raymart 23 years of age, i also desire to enter a seminary and be a brother and someday a priest. how can i reach to you?

    • Eugenio Juanilo Lopez says:

      Dear Raymart,

      Kindly get in touch with Fr. Rex Cutamora, OFMCap. at +639178558133. God bless!

      Fr. Eugene, OFMCap.

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