Christmas, St. John Church, Joliet, 2018 Blessing of Animals, St. Anthony Church, St. Louis Friars Ed Tverdek and Dat Hoang, Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI Fr. Thinh Tran, new missionary to Alaska St. Patrick Church, Kyokuk, Alaska New Province Affiliates Joe and Judy Claes Fr. John Doctor, Quincy University, Quincy, IL Alaskan Missionaries (L-R) R. Justin Huber, Joe Hemmer, Thinh Tran, Robert Joseph Ruzicka Sr. Connie Probst at the St. Anthony Food Pantry Fr. Jesús Aguirre Garza while stationed in South Sudan Br. Tom Eisenmenger Prays for a Donor's Intention Bishop Fernand Cheri, OFM, imposes hands on Deacon Bob Barko Br. Tom Eaton teaches at Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School (the only Catholic grade school in East St. Louis, IL) Fr. Frank Coens, Outdoor Mass, St. Paschal Church, West Monroe, LA (with Fr. Aloys Jost) New Well, Mulenga, DRC (Africa) Friar Ed McKenzie hones a new skill--baking bread Solemn Profession, Friar Ed Tverdek Our Lady of Guadalupe Liturgy, St. Patrick Church, Indianapolis Fr. Rogelio Martinez Ruteaga, Mission San Jose, San Antonio, TX Fr. Glenn Phillips (L) and Provincial Minister Tom Nairn visit the St. Louis Poor Clares Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI Fr. Frank Kordek, Pastor, Hurley, WI Several of our friars have worked with the friar students in Vietnam. Villagers of Kienge watch as a new well is dug. (Democratic Republic of Congo) Newly-ordained Friar Bob Barko with Bishop Fernand Cheri III Mission San Jose in San Antonio Mass at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Ashland, WI Br. Tom Eaton, Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School, East St. Louis, IL Br. Edward-Marc Arambasich, Fire Department Chaplain Fr. Jerry Bleem assists with Baptisms in Ugandan village of Ogboa, December 2018

Mission Statement

We Franciscans of the Sacred Heart Province profess and live the Gospel within the Catholic Church. Living in fraternity and walking with God's people, especially those marginalized by society, we are heralds of peace and ministers of reconciliation.

Vision Statement

We Franciscans of the Sacred Heart Province will create communities of prayer and shared life, living the Gospel in the spirit of Francis and Clare as our life and mission, enlivening ourselves and others, respecting the circumstances and cultures in which we find ourselves.


  1. Living a joyful life that is simple and itinerant.
  2. With reliance on God, deepening a spirit of prayer and devotion.
  3. Living together as fraternities in mission.
  4. In a spirit of collaboration, being brothers to all, especially the poor and those marginalized by society.
  5. Engendering respectful stewardship of God's creation and care for our common home.
  6. Serving the Church in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council.
  7. Recognizing the gifts all friars bring at each stage of their life.
  8. Lifelong formation in the Franciscan tradition.


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Fr. Frank Folino, O.F.M.