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Capuchin Community Services operates the largest food pantry in Milwaukee at the House of Peace, and serves a freshly-prepared community potluck every night at St. Ben’s Community Meal. Our ministry is part of the worldwide Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, with a history of ministering among marginalized people for nearly 500 years.


The Capuchin mission is one of “Transforming the World through Reverence.”

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Welcome sign at the front door of St. Ben's Community Meal.
Exterior of St. Ben's Community Meal taken in the 1970s with a layperson and two friars standing at the door about to enter the building.


The Capuchin presence in Milwaukee dates to 1869 with the establishment of St. Francis of Assisi Monastery and Church. Capuchin Community Services began as a standalone ministry in 1968 in response to the call to address social injustice in Milwaukee at that time.

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Leadership and Staff

Meet the people behind the ministry at Capuchin Community Services.

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A color photograph of three people against a backdrop. From left to right are Linda Barnes, Assistant Director-House of Peace; Fr. Mike Bertram, OFM Cap., Ministry Director, Capuchin Community Services; Kenny Howard, Assistant Director-St. Ben's Community Meal
Fr. Mike Bertram greets a boy during the annual Christmas Toy Drive at the House of Peace.

The Capuchins

The Order of Friars Minor Capuchin were founded in Italy in the 1520s as a reform of the Franciscan Order. The Capuchins sought to work closely and directly with those who have been marginalized and disempowered. Capuchins can be found around the world ministering in soup kitchens, hospitals, on the streets and in parishes and schools.

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Ministry Statistics

In 2023, Capuchin Community Services impacted 125,157 people across Milwaukee, including providing food for more than 87,000 individuals.

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Armondo Diaz and a youth volunteer working outdoors at the House of Peace.
Br. Henryk and a guest at St. Ben's Community Meal.

Newsletters and Publications

Capuchin Bread is our quarterly printed newsletter, with an electronic edition sent via e-mail. Browse back issues and sign up to receive Capuchin Bread.

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Do you have a heart for serving others? For addressing social injustice through direct service to those in need? Learn more about career opportunities with Capuchin Community Services.

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Linda Barnes working in the food pantry at the House of Peace