2019: Postulant Master, Br Ewald Nangay, with new Postulants, Warren (left) and Thabo (right)



OUR CAPUCHIN NOVICES, who attended St Francis Xavier Seminary in Cape Town in 2018:                  



 Custos, Br. Odilo Mroso(left), Br. Donal (alongside), & Br. Kilian
(centre of students) at St Mary of the Angels Church. October 2018.


           Postulant Master, Br Ewald Nangay together with students. St Francis Friary, Cape Town:
Capuchin Friars

Capuchin Friars, followers of Jesus in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi. Capuchins are well known for their care of creation, peace advocacy, joyful brotherhood and simple life-style.


Vocation to religious life is like a seed that needs right moisture and temperature to germinate. Moreover, it will need right soil, sun shine and water to grow and produce flowers and fruits.

Many young people are not sure where God wants them to be or what to do with their lives. However, being in contact with people who can rightly and lovingly guide you to find out what God wants you to do with your life will lead you to a fruitful happy life.

A young person desiring to join the Capuchins will undergo different stages of formation to gradually deepen his conformity to the life of Jesus Christ (VC. 16). The Confirmation requires a gradual process that goes through different stages of formation. 


The young person gets into contact with the brothers, visiting them and sharing their fraternal life and apostolate. This helps to create a profound understanding of oneself towards others, creation and happiness in belonging to God for the service of His people. 


Discerning religious vocation needs openness to the Holy Spirit and truthfulness to oneself. In this stage one deepens his Catholic Faith through participation in liturgy, fraternal life, apostolic work and learning different methods of prayer. The aim is to reinforce holistic human maturity; emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually and psychologically. 


The candidate deepens his discernment more spiritually through special experience of faith, contemplative prayer, fraternal life and contact with the needy.

Post Novitiate.

Brother continues with discernment as he experiences and prepares more specifically for different apostolates in the Order, the Church and the community at large. The stage may include studies like philosophy, theology and others according to the needs of the Order and the Church.

Capuchin Life

Capuchin Friars are alive with a spiritual life which is in touch with the fundamental needs of humanity in accordance with the signs of time and place. The motor of the friars is joy, austerity, fraternity, holiness and a solidarity with the needy and common people. Today there are over 11,000 friars world-wide, living and working in over 106 countries around the world. In South Africa they are in the Archdiocese of Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Diocese of Port Elizabeth. 

For more information or if you have any questions about vocations and discernment, please feel free to contact our Vocation Promoter.

Br. Ewald Nangay, OFMCap.

PH : 021- 696 6713    or email  capadmin@iafrica.com

                                                            Our Prayer for Vocations
Almighty Father we confidently come before you
for the grace of vocations to the Order and the Custody.
Send us genuine young men of ideal courage and dedication,
to follow you in the path of poverty, simplicity, humility and fraternity,
to build up our Custody as a true brotherhood of love and service.
We intercede for our benefactors, parents and relatives
and our dear ones under your care.
Be close to them and watch over them in all their needs.
We implore you, to convert us daily more and more
that we may live our Capuchin life genuinely and faithfully.
We place all the friars of the Custody and the Order under your special care,
to those who have gone before us, grant them eternal bliss.
St Francis our Seraphic Father.....Pray for us
Mary Mother of Africa.....Pray for us
St Bonaventure....Pray for us
St Pio.....Pray for us
All highest glories God,
cast your light into the darkness of my heart.
Give me right faith, firm hope,
perfect charity and profound humility
so that I may do what is truly your will.



Pope's 2018 Message about Vocations 

Pope Francis has released his message for the 2018 World Day of Prayer for Vocations, reflecting on the three aspects of every vocation:

listening, discerning, and living. 

The 55th World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be commemorated this year on 22 April 2018

The Holy Father said 2018 is a special year for vocations, because the Synod of Bishops will reflect on young people, especially "the relationship between young people, faith, and vocation". Pope Francis reminded Christians that God never ceases to call men and women to follow Him."We are not victims of chance or swept up in a series of unconnected events; on the contrary, our life and our presence in this world are the fruit of a divine vocation," he said.

Pope Francis made it clear that "God comes silently" and that, without a listening heart, God's voice can be "drowned out" by the distractions of daily life."Nowadays listening is becoming more and more difficult, immersed as we are in a society full of noise, overstimulated and bombarded by information. This prevents us from pausing and enjoying the taste of contemplation, reflecting serenely on the events of our lives, going about our work with confidence in God's loving plan, and making a fruitful discernment."

He said Christians need "to listen carefully to his word and the story of his life, but also to be attentive to the details of our own daily lives".

Turning to spiritual discernment, Pope Francis said this is "a process by which a person makes fundamental choices, in dialogue with the Lord and listening to the voice of the Spirit, starting with the choice of one's state in life".

Pope Francis added a note of urgency. "Vocation is today! The Christian mission is now," he said.

"Each one of us is called - whether to the lay life in marriage, to the priestly life in the ordained ministry, or to a life of special consecration - in order to become a witness of the Lord, here and now."

Two of our Capuchin students are amongst the group of seminarians: Raymond (standing on far right, 2nd row) and Shane (4th from right, standing in back row)







In December 2015: Br Anstey’s ordination to Priesthood


       December 2014: Br Anstey-Deaconate ordination


                                               In December 2012: Br Anstey’s Final profession



  • CAPUCHIN  Poor Clares, Capuchin Adoration Monastery



                                                                                 Capuchin Poor Clares, Swellendam. 2017.