Capuchin Franciscan Order.

The Capuchin Order is a branch of the first Order of St. Francis of Assisi. It was founded by Fr. Matteo of Bascio in Italy in 1528.

The Capuchin Province of Ireland was re-founded and named the Province of St. Patrick in 1885. There are currently nearly 100 Irish Friars in the Home -Province. We have Irish Friars working abroad in the Vice-Province of Zambia, the Vice- Province of Southern Africa, the Vice -Province of New-Zealand and a Custody in South Korea. There are also many Irish Friars working in the Western American Province, California, U.S.A. which became an independent province from the Irish Province in 1977.

We are an international Order of friars (priest-friars and lay-friars) numbering a little over 11,000. Our General Curia is in Rome and and our current General minister is Fr. John Corriveau, a Canadian.

Some of our more famous friars would be Fr. Theobald Mathew, the Apostle of Temperance, Fr. Mariano of Turin, a friar who presented a television show. St. Leopold Mandic, St. Laurence of Brindisi, St. Crispin of Viterbo (who was Pope John Paul II's first Canonisation, St. Felix of Cantalice, and many other Saints and Blesseds.

Perhaps our most famous Capuchin is Blessed Padre Pio of Pietrelcina. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina was Beatified by Pope John Paul II in Rome on Sunday, May 2nd 1999.

It was one of the largest crowds to ever attend a beatification ceremony in Rome with over half a million people in St Peter's Square.

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