Early Capuchin Sources

Early Capuchin sources

Below are some sources of the early Capuchin reform of the 16th century. Some remain in their original Italian or Latin, such as the letters of Cardinal Contarini, others have been translated into English.

Cardinal Gasparo Contarini

Early 16th century correspondence

A scurrilous Letter to Pope Paul III

A Capuchin early sources bibliography

St Bonaventure: On the Perfection of Life to Sisters

 Other sources  of influence, contextual or informative

Juan de Valdés: Alfabeto Christiano

The Christian Alphabet of Valdés unfolds in the form a dialogue with Giulia Gonzaga in which the “Preacher” is referred to around 20 times. The “Preacher” is the Capuchin Bernardino Ochino who is preaching the Lenten cycle in Naples in 1537.

The Benefit of Christ’s Death

This version attributes authorship to Aonio Paleario; this is now accepted by scholars today as erroneous; now generally accepted that the first author was a Benedictine from Mantua, Benedetto Fontanini (1495-1556), and revised by Marcantonio Flaminio (1498 – 1550).

The Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent

Juan-Luis Vivès: Concerning the Relief of the Poor

Concerning the Relief of the Poor, provides a 16th century European glimpse into the situation of the poor and the communal endeavour to succour them. It helps to contextualise the situation in which the early Capuchins were preaching and working, even if Vivès is concerned with Belgium, while the early Capuchins were confined to the Italian peninsula.