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Hospitals & Prisons

St. Francis called his brothers to serve those in need, especially the poor. Some friars do this is by serving as chaplains in various institutions. Living in our friaries, they work as hospital chaplains across the San Francisco Bay Area and serve in prison ministry at the Federal Penitentiary in Lompoc, California.
“In places that were abandoned and where no one else would go, there you will find the Capuchin.” The Capuchins seek to be true to these words, spoken by Pope Pius XI, as they minister to the imprisoned and, often, forgotten.

Inspired by the words of Jesus, “I was imprisoned and you visited me,” the Capuchins seek to bring the light of the Gospel, the mercy of God, and a ray of hope to those who are incarcerated.

Hospital Ministry:
UC San Francisco Medical Center - San Francisco, CA

Served by the friars of San Buenaventura Friary, this medical center serves many persons with severe illnesses. There is a special children’s ward where the friars strive to bring the comfort of prayer and God’s presence.


Mills-Peninsula Medical Center - Burlingame, CA


Served by the friars of Our Lady of Angels Friary, this busy hospital serves the needs of many communities south of San Francisco.


Seton Medical Center - Daly City, CA


The friars serve on the pastoral staff of this Catholic  Hospital just south of San Francisco, celebrating mass and the sacraments as well as visiting the sick for comfort and support.


US Veterans' Medical Center - Menlo Park, CA


The friars here serve the needs of many military personnel, including those who have served in the present wars. These patients need support and encouragement, and the Capuchins try to bring these along with prayer and God’s grace.


Prison Ministry:


Lompoc Federal Penitentiary, CA


“I was in prison and you visited me,” Jesus said. The friars visit and encourage those who are seeking to change their lives. This involves not only counseling, but also celebrating mass, preparing people for confirmation, and leading scripture studies.