About

Inspired by the gospel of Jesus and the example of Francis of Assisi, the Capuchin friars of the province of Saint Joseph, together with our partners in ministry, prayerfully build sister-brotherhood in the world.

While we are often known for our service to the poor and marginalized, we are committed to living the Gospel…Francis’ prime goal for the Order. Along with that service to the poor we are called to proclaim the Good News of the Lord to others, that they may also come to know Christ.

Our goal as preachers is to spread the Gospel in a way that informs, energizes, and even heals those we encounter. Through our Franciscan tradition and understanding of Christ, we allow people to encounter Christ in a way that isn’t simply scriptural or academic, but speaks to the realities of our lives and provides reflection on how to live as Catholic Christians. We are neither lecturers or entertainers; through the Holy Spirit and the teachings of our brother St. Francis, we joyfully and pragmatically preach so that others may be inspired not by our words, but by the Word of God.

Our preachers are available for:

  • Parish Missions
  • Renewals
  • Retreats
  • Days of Spirituality, and more!

If you’d like to learn more about how the Capuchin preachers can design an inspiring event for your parish or group, please contact:

Br. Bill Cieslak
St. Clare Friary
3407 S. Archer Ave.
Chicago, IL 60608
510-847-0949
email