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St. Francis Adoring Baby Jesus

29/11/2021
Feast of All Saints of the Franciscan Order

Dear Friends and Benefactors,
As the month of November, which is dedicated to praying for the holy souls is coming to an end, the year of St. Joseph is also fast approaching to its closure. Please be assured of our prayers; your prayers requests and intentions have been offered at our Holy Eucharistic celebrations. We sincerely thank you, with deep gratitude, for your on-going support, through your prayers and kind donations to our mission places and various ministries both locally and overseas.

The COVID-19 has immensely changed the world in the last two years. In a way, we have been affected in various situations. Many lives were sadly lost, and the devastation to the world economy filters down to countless families and individuals, who had to struggle with everyday living and existence. The interruption to the normal daily routine of our lives, the experience of changes in the circumstances of employment, the necessity of physical isolation and separation from one another meant that many families and individuals not only had to struggle with the burden of financial stress, but also emotional, psychological, social, and spiritual deprivation due to the many months of lockdown.

The year of St. Joseph (8/12/20 – 8/12/21), so timely and fittingly dedicated by our Holy Father, Pope Francis accompanied with his apostolic letter, reflecting on the fatherhood of St. Joseph: Patris Corde (With a Father’s Heart), coincided with the 150th Anniversary of the proclamation of St. Joseph as the Patron of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX with the document Quemadmodum Deus took place on the 8th of December 1870.

The portrayal of St. Joseph in the Gospel reveals more of what he did than what he said. He too, like Mary pondered everything in his heart. A man of silence, a humble carpenter, yet God chose him to be the Guardian and Protector of the most precious gift of all, both in heaven and on earth – His only begotten son, Jesus. It is very fitting therefore that during such trying times that Pope Francis has entrusted the world to the paternal care and protection of St. Joseph. We give thanks to the Lord for the emerging and steady recovering of what seems the resemblance of normalities in our daily lives.

As we have entered a new season Advent, still shrouding with some precautionary and uncertainties. Let us continue to follow the footsteps and lead of St. Joseph who is never short of the guidance of the Holy Spirit. So that, together with the Blessed Virgin Mary we may journey towards the place where in its utmost simplicity, yet full of peace, joy, and serenity we may truly be present and welcome the birth of Jesus, our Lord, King and Saviour. So that together with the shepherds of old, “Come, Let Us Adore Him.” (Luke 2:15)

We the Capuchin Friars and the staff of the Mission Office joyously wish you a blessed and Holy Christmas. May the grace and blessings of the Baby Child Jesus unite and strengthens the bonds of your families and loved ones. May Peace reigns in your hearts throughout the Holy Season of Christmas and always.

Peace and Goodness!

Br. Stephen Tran OFM Cap
Br. Stephen Tran


Who are The Capuchin Friars


Capuchin Friars

The Capuchin friars are one of the largest men’s Religious Orders in the Church, with about 11,000 friars in over 100 countries. We are officially called the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin: ‘Friars Minor’ meaning ‘Lesser Brothers’. We strive to live the Gospel as a fraternity of priests and brothers, praying together as a community, being a source of nourishment and strength for each other so as to go out and share God’s love with others.

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Our Objectives


East Timor MissionsWe Capuchin friars could not exist today, and carry forward our outreach ministries, without the help and support of many friends and benefactors, so we confidently put ourselves in their hands. And we are most aware of our duty to give our benefactors the witness of poverty, fraternity and Franciscan joy, and to pray for them constantly. Special intentions of friends and benefactors are remembered at daily Mass and prayer by the Capuchin Friars.

This website has been setup to help raise much needed funds to assist us in carying out our ministries, both locally and abroad.

If you would like to assist by way of a donation, you can do so by visiting our Donations page which will contribute towards

  • Our Capuchin Missions
  • Promote the devotion of Saint Padre Pio in Australia
  • Our Ministry to the Poor and Marginalised
  • The Education of our Student Friars