Pax et Bonum!

While intended for English language Capuchin Friars, capdox may be useful for anyone interested in reform movements in Italy in the first half of the 16th Century – a special period in the history of the Church, of Italy and of Europe.

This site does not offer a course in Capuchin history. Most of the texts are English translations. Some documents appear in their original language, Italian … with a little Latin occasionally.

The publication of these texts will always be a work in progress. The number of translations here is minimal. There is so much more to do.

The CAPDOX material should not be republished elsewhere, either in part or in full, without permission and acknowledgment.

Formation resources

The site also seeks to be an English-speaking formation resource of Capuchin Franciscan material.


Fr Paul Hanbridge OFM Cap

Br Paul Hanbridge OFM Cap of the Capuchin province of Australia created the original CapDox site. It ceased with his death on 19th January 2015.

This website seeks to preserve the fine work of Br Paul in researching and making available in the English language the early Capuchin sources.

The site also desires to continue one of the passionate desires of Br Paul: formation of the young friars. He desired that they read and study the Franciscan and Capuchin sources historically in a way that feeds the mind and the spirit.

It is hoped this site can also be a practical tool of both initial and ongoing formation.

Prayer of St Francis before the Crucifix

Most High,
glorious God,
enlighten the darkness of my heart
and give me
true faith,
certain hope,
and perfect charity,
sense and knowledge,
that I may carry out
Your holy and true command.

Capuchin Friars of Australia

The main website of the Capuchin Friars of Australia can be found at  where you find contact information, news about the activities and ministries of the friars and general information.

The website for the Capuchin missions support can be found at where you can order online Seraphic Mass Enrolments, seasonal cards (Christmas, Easter, Mother’s and Father’s Day), Saint Padre Pio devotional material and religious articles, and so forth. You can also read the latest mission news, such as what the Capuchin friars are doing in East Timor.