The makeup of the friars reflects the reality of Australia - a mix of many ethnic backgrounds. Of the friars currently resident in Australia, just over half have been born here. The ethnic/cultural background of the friars are Anglo Celtic/Saxon, Italian, German, Mauritian, Vietnamese, Filipino, Indonesian (Sibolga, Medan, Pontinanak), Indian (Kerala and Goa) and Polish. This mix is also reflected in the composition of the individual fraternities.

The elements that unite us into a Capuchin identity are baptism and rule of life (Rule of St Francis and Capuchin Constitutions).