Capuchin Vocation Office

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Could this be the right life path for you?
Attend one of our Come and See
Discernment Weekends

Come and experience contemplative prayer with Capuchin brothers and priests, reflect on the life of St. Francis, and witness the sharing of vocation stories at San Lorenzo Prayer Center in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Schedule a one-on-one meeting
with our Vocation Director

Experience first hand our
urban ministries at 
St. Lawrence of Brindisi Parish in Watts
and St. Francis High School in
La Cañada Flintridge.

Learn about Francis' steadfast love
for the poor, and more, while on a
personal tour with our Vocation Director,
Fr. Peter Banks, OFM Cap.
or call 805-686-4127 to arrange a meeting.

The Capuchin Franciscans follow St. Francis of Assisi as brothers, living the Gospel in prayer, fraternity and ministry. Through contemplative prayer, we witness to Jesus Christ, Mary, the Blessed Mother, and the Church as a joyful presence of hope and salvation to all-especially those most in need. 

   Our worldwide brotherhood spans 101 countries, with 11,000 religious living in more than 1,800 communities. Our work includes ministries in parishes, schools, hospital and prison chaplaincies, retreat houses and historic missions.

   If you're contemplating a vocation, we'd like to invite you to learn what it really means to be a Capuchin brother or priest.

Capuchin Vocation Office 
P.O. Box 618
Solvang, CA 93464

Individuals interested in pursuing Capuchin life need to be men between 18 and 40 years of age, in good physical and emotional health, hold a high school diploma or equivalent, and are of the Catholic faith.

The only other requirement is a willingness to develop habits of service.

In the United States, there are six geographical areas called provinces. Each province has a Vocation Director who will help you in your discernment process. The "formation program" of each province may vary... your Vocation Director can explain the program in his province and answer any questions you may have regarding the Capuchin way of life.

The guidelines below explain the formation program of the Western America Province whose territory covers the states of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. The province also has missionaries in Northern Mexico and hope to expand further.