The Capuchin Development Office
was created in the 1970s primarily to
support the missionary efforts in
Zambia. Over time, the role of the
Development Office has grown in
support of the Friars’ efforts to
establish ministries that meet the ever-
changing needs of the less fortunate.

The Development office, located in
Union City, NJ, coordinates all fund
raising activities that assist the Friars in
serving the poor, homeless, elderly,
and ill. Such programs that are
supported through this office include
the Capuchin Network of Shelters
(CNS), formation, caring for ill Friars in
St. Lawrence Friary, as well as the
ongoing Missions ministry in Zambia.
Capuchin Franciscan Friars
Office of Development &
Missionary Activities