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The Capuchin Franciscans are a religious Order who strive to follow Christ and live his Gospel after the example of St Francis of Assisi. We number about 11,000 priests and brothers in over 100 countries throughout the world. We are living and working in over 20 countries on the African continent, including South Africa.

 St Francis in his day taught that all people, without exception, are sisters and brothers of the one Father in heaven. Franciscans therefore place great emphasis on living, praying and working together as a brotherhood or fraternity.

We believe that we are sent by Christ to preach, first of all by the example of our lives, then in many practical ways: by prayer and contemplation, pastoral work, social services, peace and non-violent movements, and a willingness to serve God’s people, especially the poor.

We seek also, in the South African context, to fulfil in our lives the words of the prayer attributed to St Francis:   "Lord make me an instrument of your peace”. As brothers in St Francis, we have placed ourselves in the special care of Mary, Mother of Jesus.

For us, Mary is also Mother of Africa.   

 

                                                       FEAST DAY OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI, 4th October

               Prayer for Animals


God our Heavenly Father, You created the world to serve humanity’s needs and to lead them to You. By our own fault we have lost the beautiful relationship which we once had with all your creation. Help us to see that by restoring our relationship with You, we will also restore it with all your creation. Give us the grace to see all animals as gifts from You and to treat them with respect, for they are your creation. We pray for all animals who are suffering as a result of our neglect. May the order You originally established be once again restored to the whole world through the intercession of the Glorious Virgin Mary, the prayers of Saint Francis and the merits of Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ Who lives and reigns with you now and forever.


Amen.                             Saint Francis of Assisi.

 


                                             FEAST DAY OF ST PADRE PIO OF PIETRELCINA : 23rd September

 

Acknlowedgement of source of above prayer: The Southern Cross.

 



 

 

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