National Shrine of
Saint Francis of Assisi


Peace and joy of Christ! I wish to sincerely express my most profound gratitude to you and to the people of the parishes and your various ministries for your kind prayers and thoughtfulness during my illness and stay in the Hospital in Monterrey. I had traveled from Yécora to Punta Chueca with a climate change from 70 to 115 degrees and then in Hermosillo and Monterrey with a climate of 104 degrees and came down with heat stroke and dehydration. I was accompanying our Minister General and in the celebrations of Father Javier's ordination and First Mass. I had gone 11 days unable to eat, just consuming liquids. On my third visit to a doctor, I was finally admitted to the hospital where I received care for 4 days, the doctors there discovering that I had pneumonia as well.

These days for me have been a moment of great grace and light in the presence of our Lord and inundated by the love of so many people here in Mexico and California. I give thanks to God for the immense privilege of our Capuchin Franciscan vocation, the holy priesthood and the missionary life. Thank you for your continued prayers and support. God bless you each day with His joy and peace in abundance!

In Jesús, Saint Mary of Guadalupe and Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, Brother David Joseph Beaumont, OFM Cap. Custos (Provincial Guardian) of the North of Mexico.


On June 18, 2019, the cardinals and bishops, during the ordinary session of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, recognized that the Servant of God Angelico (given name: Vincenzo) Limpani (1842-1920) lived in a heroic manner the theological virtues (faith, hope and charity), the cardinal virtues (fortitude, justice, prudence and temperance) and those of his state of consecration (poverty, chastity and obedience).

On July 6, 2019, Our Holy Father Francis authorized the Congregation for the Cause of Saints to promulgate the relevant decree super virtutibus. Now for his beatification, an extraordinary event/ miracle obtained by the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God is necessary.

Fr. Angelico, son of Salvatore Lipani and Calogera Raitano, was born in Caltanissetta on 28 December 1842, from a very religious family (his older brother Pietro died young priest), and was baptized the same day with the name of Vincenzo.

After studying with the Jesuits in Caltanissetta, in 1861 he took the Franciscan habit in the convent of Caccamo, taking the name Fra' Angelico, and was sent to Palermo to complete his studies. Here in 1866 he was ordained a priest, but his Franciscan joy was short-lived. The same year, in fact, due to the revolutionary laws, was forced to leave the convent with his brothers and returned to his family in Caltanissetta. Here the bishop gave him the church of the Lord of the City and the teaching of Latin at the Episcopal seminary.

In 1903 the Capuchins, finally, returned to the Convent of San Michele, now ready, and Fr. Angelico returned with them.

In 1914, due to an illness, he was forced to leave his beloved community and to go with her sisters in the same house where he was born. Here lived the last years of his life in obedience, despite the pain of not being able to fully live his Franciscan vocation.

Hearing the approaching death, wanted his bedside nuns founded by him, already numerous, for they left his spiritual testament: Be holy, I want you all holy, how I want to be holy. With these words he breathed his last, July 9, 1920.

Mission Statement

As Capuchin Franciscans we follow St. Francis of Assisi as brothers, living the Gospel in prayer, fraternity and ministry, witnessing simply to Jesus Christ and the Church as a joyful presence of hope and salvation to all, especially to those most in need.

Guiding Principles

PRAYER - Rooted in our Capuchin contemplative tradition and expressed in many forms

As followers of St. Francis, desiring to be conformed more perfectly to the crucified and risen Christ

FRATERNITY - Rooted in mutual love, humble reverence and respect for one another and for all people

We Capuchins are friars minor, rooted in mutual love, humble reverence and respect for one another and for all people.

MINORITY - Following the meek and humble Christ and sharing our joy as lesser brothers by walking with people of every social condition

As brothers of St. Francis, we faithfully follow the meek and humble Christ.