New Province Affiliates Joe and Judy Claes Fr. Frank Kordek, Pastor, Hurley, WI Friar Ed McKenzie hones a new skill--baking bread Several of our friars have worked with the friar students in Vietnam. Mission San Jose in San Antonio Blessing of Animals, St. Anthony Church, St. Louis Fr. Thinh Tran, new missionary to Alaska Br. Tom Eaton, Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School, East St. Louis, IL Fr. Dat Hoang, Baptism at St. Anthony Church, St. Louis Fr. Glenn Phillips (L) and Provincial Minister Tom Nairn visit the St. Louis Poor Clares Fr. Jerry Bleem assists with Baptisms in Ugandan village of Ogboa, December 2018 Fr. Ed Shea greeting parishioners after Mass Fr. Rogelio Martinez Ruteaga, Mission San Jose, San Antonio, TX Br. Moises Gutierrez Rivas, doctoral candidate in cross-cultural studies with Br. Sam Nasada, OFM Newly-ordained Friar Bob Barko with Bishop Fernand Cheri III Solemn Profession, Friar Ed Tverdek Alaskan Missionaries (L-R) R. Justin Huber, Joe Hemmer, Thinh Tran, Robert Joseph Ruzicka Fr. John Eaton teaching music at Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI Mass at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Ashland, WI Bishop Fernand Cheri, OFM, imposes hands on Deacon Bob Barko Sr. Connie Probst at the St. Anthony Food Pantry Fr. Allan DaCorte, Padua Franciscan H.S., Parma, OH Fr. Jerry Bleem assisting with Baptisms in a Ugandan Village Christmas, St. John Church, Joliet, 2018 St. Patrick Church, Kyokuk, Alaska Fr. Jesús Aguirre Garza while stationed in South Sudan Fr. John Doctor, Quincy University, Quincy, IL Fr. Frank Coens, Outdoor Mass, St. Paschal Church, West Monroe, LA (with Fr. Aloys Jost) Our Lady of Guadalupe Liturgy, St. Patrick Church, Indianapolis

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.