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.


Due to current circumstances, see below about Holy Mass on 22 March 2020 .

Live streaming of Holy Mass also takes place at 9am from Capuchin parish in Parow