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

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.