I’m sure that this has been asked here before, but I couldn’t find it. Does anyone have a sense of the differences between the three main branches of the Franciscans: Order of Friars Minor, Capuchins, Conventuals? I know a bit about the historical differences, but I guess I am wondering if anyone has first-hand experience of the communities today…differences in their personalities; if some seem to be more or less traditional or ecumenical or whatever; differences in community dynamics; etc. Put differently, if someone were considering a lay or religious vocation with the Franciscans, why might that person choose one branch rather than others? Or are they all very much the same?
Thanks for any thoughts you may have!