Community Life

1.    St.Francis (1181/1182 – October 3, 1226 ), our Seraphic Father imbibed the spirit of Acts.4/32-35 very much. He wanted a Fraternity of Brothers: Caring and Sharing.

2.    On 3 July 1528 Pope Clement VII gave Friar Matteo and his companions the Bull "Religionis zelus". They came to be known as the Hermit Friars Minor, as a branch of the Conventual Franciscans. The Founding Brothers of Capuchin Reform struggled to live the value of an inspiring community life. In 1529, they had four houses and held their first General Chapter in Albacina, at which their particular rules were drawn up. (  )

3.    Keeping with the spirit of the Capuchin Charism, our Capuchin Generals have insisted that our first apostolate is to live a good fraternal life in a community. So, each capuchin friar is placed in a community of at least three friars. We blossom in it as Gifts to each other.

4.    The team consisting of Provincial, Vicar-Provincial, and the three more Counsellors makes up the body which discerns the will of God for the good of the Province. This team is called The Provincial Definitory.

5.    In every community, we have a Guardian, a Vicar and the members. In a large community, one of friars is appointed as a Discreet among them.

6.    We pray together, eat together, have discussions and recreations among us every day. We nurture the spirit of brotherly love towards each other and express it in concrete ways by way of caring and carrying.

7.    Loving Obedience is given to the local Guardian who primarily animates the community and plays the role of a servant-leader in administering his responsibilities. He organizes the apostolic life of the community.

8.    Although the members of each friary are engaged in different apostolic activities, they are the ministries of the entire community and of the Province. In the name of one’s community, each friar dispenses his responsibilities for the greater glory of God and for the good of the People.

9.    Monthly Meetings and Local Chapters help the friars discern the will of God in concrete lives of our lives.

10.     We have Time-outs and Picnics together to refresh ourselves periodically.

11.    Difficulties arise sometimes due to the differences in the personality types. We learn to accept and acknowledge each other. We learn to be tolerant and profit by the differences of opinions at times.

12.    “ Bind us together, Lord, Bind us together with chords that cannot broken “ – This is our daily Prayer. This is our daily Achievement. This is our daily Mission.

13.    Our Daily Time-Table will be something like this:

   05.45.a.m. – Morning Prayer and Meditation.
   06.30.a.m. – Holy Mass
   07.15.a.m. – Breakfast
   12.30.p.m. – Lunch
     1.30.p.m. – Siesta
     3.30.p.m. – Office of Readings and Evening Prayers
                          And Meditation.
     7.30.p.m. – Supper and Recreation
     8.45.p.m. -  Night Prayer.
There may be some changes in this Time Table according to the needs of the local places.

14.     To capture the Spirituality of the Fraternal Life, kindly, refer the Capuchin Constitutions on Fraternal Living: