Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order, Inc. Subordinate

Transforming the World through Reverence

aka Capuchin Community Services, Capuchin Retreat, Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Solanus Casey Center   |   Detroit, MI   |
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Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order, Inc.

EIN: 38-1525161  Subordinate info


Inspired by the gospel of Jesus and the example of Francis of Assisi, the Capuchin friars of the Province of Saint Joseph, together with our partners in ministry, prayerfully build sister-brotherhood in the world. We attend simply and directly to the spiritual and other basic human needs, especially those of the poor and disenfranchised, promoting justice for all.

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Provincial Minister

Br. Mark Joseph Costello OFM Cap.

Main address

1820 Mt. Elliott St

Detroit, MI 48207 USA

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Human services

Population served info

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Roman Catholic (X22)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

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Capuchin Soup Kitchen

Founded in 1929, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen addresses the needs of thousands of families and individuals each day. Programs include:

- Two meal program sites serving three daily sit-down and take-away meals, six days per week
- A shower program providing hygiene and clean clothes year-round
- The Capuchin Services Center emergency food pantry and clothing distribution site
- Social Workers providing emergency assistance and helping with longer-term goals
- Chaplains providing spiritual care
- The Rosa Parks Children and Youth Program feeds young minds, providing art programs and tutoring
- Earthworks Urban Farm – a 1.25-acre USDA-certified organic farm supplying Capuchin Soup Kitchen meal sites and educating the community on building sustainable relationships with the earth
- On the Rise Bakery – assisting individuals re-entering society after incarceration or recovery from addiction
- Jefferson House – a twelve-bed residential CARF-accredited substance use disorder treatment center

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

Based on Gospel values, Capuchin Community Services addresses basic human needs, especially the need for food, through its two Milwaukee locations: The House of Peace and Saint Ben's Community Meal.

The House of Peace assists families and individuals in meeting spiritual, material and emotional needs. House of Peace helps families remain together while promoting self-sufficiency, providing food, clothing and pastoral care. In addition, the House of Peace is home to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Community Wellness Center and the Marquette University Volunteer Legal Clinic.

Saint Ben's Community Meal is Milwaukee's longest-running community meal, founded in 1970. Dozens of organizations, including faith communities, neighborhood groups and companies, provide hot, homemade dishes six days a week to everyone who comes, no questions asked. Other programs include shower, laundry and barber services, as well as emergency clothing and hygiene supplies and a winter warming center.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

Capuchin Retreat is a center of Franciscan spirituality and retreat situated on 95 wooded acres in Washington Township, Michigan.

Through weekend retreats, mornings of reflection, spiritual direction and other programs, Capuchin Retreat affords an opportunity to escape the busyness of daily life to find solace and encounter with God and creation through quiet prayer and reflection.

Lodging facilities include 47 rooms with 57 beds, and The Hermitage, a free-standing guest house separate from the main retreat house. Morning Mass, adoration and reconciliation are available in the Chapel. Our gift shop offers a variety of books, rosaries, art and other devotional items for sale.

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The Solanus Casey Center is a pilgrimage site that connects visitors to their Christian faith through the example of St. Francis of Assisi, the Gospel of Jesus and as lived by the humble doorkeeper of St. Bonaventure, Blessed Solanus Casey (1870-1957). The Center includes the tomb of Blessed Solanus Casey, the Creation Garden based on St. Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Creatures, a museum, gift shop and café, and reconciliation chapel.

The Solanus Casey Center opened in 2002 and was rededicated in December 2022 with a major expansion and renovation following the beatification of Blessed Solanus Casey.

The Solanus Casey Center is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. The Center is closed on Mondays and on major holidays.

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Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order, Inc.


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Provincial Minister

Br. Mark Joseph Costello OFM Cap.

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Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order, Inc.

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as of 10/26/2023
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Br. Mark Joseph Costello

The Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order, Inc.

Term: 2023 - 2026

Br. William Hugo

The Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order, Inc.

Br. Tien Dinh

The Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order, Inc.

Br. Biju Parakkalayil

The Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order, Inc.

Br. Nicholas Blattner

The Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order, Inc.