New Province Affiliates Joe and Judy Claes New Well, Mulenga, DRC (Africa) Fr. Jesús Aguirre Garza while stationed in South Sudan Fr. Ed Shea greeting parishioners after Mass Our Lady of Guadalupe Liturgy, St. Patrick Church, Indianapolis Bishop Fernand Cheri, OFM, imposes hands on Deacon Bob Barko Fr. Glenn Phillips (L) and Provincial Minister Tom Nairn visit the St. Louis Poor Clares Br. Edward-Marc Arambasich, Fire Department Chaplain Fr. John Eaton teaching music at Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School Fr. Frank Kordek, Pastor, Hurley, WI Fr. Tom Nairn teaching a class in Zimbabwe Alaskan Missionaries (L-R) R. Justin Huber, Joe Hemmer, Thinh Tran, Robert Joseph Ruzicka Fr. Rogelio Martinez Ruteaga, Mission San Jose, San Antonio, TX Fr. Allan DaCorte, Padua Franciscan H.S., Parma, OH Friar Ed McKenzie hones a new skill--baking bread Fr. Thinh Tran, new missionary to Alaska Christmas, St. John Church, Joliet, 2018 Br. Tom Eaton teaches at Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School (the only Catholic grade school in East St. Louis, IL) Fr. John Doctor, Quincy University, Quincy, IL Mass at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Ashland, WI Friars Ed Tverdek and Dat Hoang, Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI Blessing of Animals, St. Anthony Church, St. Louis Br. Tom Eisenmenger Prays for a Donor's Intention Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI 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 Villagers of Kienge watch as a new well is dug. (Democratic Republic of Congo) St. Patrick Church, Kyokuk, Alaska Fr. Dat Hoang, Baptism at St. Anthony Church, St. Louis Sr. Connie Probst at the St. Anthony Food Pantry

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.