Capuchin Franciscan Friars
Missionary Activity
Building Bridges...Bringing Hope...
"What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight: build anyway"

Throughout history bridges have been built to link one land to another.  But there is
another bridge that is being built everyday.  It is a bridge that links compassion and

In 1964, four Friars of the Province of the Stigmata started their journey to Zambia on the
first missionary activity abroad.  In 1971 a boat carrying a Friar, a Sister and a mother
with an infant sank while they were crossing the Zambezi river in order to get appropriate
medical assistance.  Since that day Br. Crispin Valeri, O.F.M. Cap. started to get materials
in order to build a suspension bridge, something that sounded like a mission impossible.  
The 6 month project took over 4 years and was only completed because of
determination, generous benefactors and a steady plea for God's help.  Since then,
many bridges have been built but many still need to be built.  

Together with the prayers and financial assistance of our benefactors we'll keep building
bridges and we'll continue to bring hope.
Be part of
our building
Capuchin Franciscan Friars
Province of the Stigmata of St. Francis