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.                                                                                   

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Our Brother, Fr. Didacus (Ronald James Daniel) McGrath, passed away peacefully on 18 July at Nazareth House, Cape Town.


Br Didacus was born on 11 October 1929 in the Republic of Ireland, was received into the Order of Capuchin Friars Minor on 3 October 1947 and was ordained a priest on 10 May 1956.

                                                         Hamba Kahle.

      The Requiem Mass took place at midday on Thursday 26th July 2018.                                        
                                                                  Lala ngoxolo, tata Didacus.