Br. Tom Eaton, Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School Bishop Fernand Cheri III exits St. Louis Cathedral after his episcopal ordination. Solemn Profession, Friar Ed Tverdek Newly-ordained Friar Bob Barko with Bishop Fernand Cheri III Fr. John Doctor, Quincy University, Quincy, IL (Chapter 2017) Jubilarians (2015-2017) Solemn Profession in Vietnam Br. Tom Eaton, Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School, East St. Louis, IL Sr. Connie Probst at the St. Anthony Food Pantry New Well, Mulenga, DRC (Africa) Br. Tom Eisenmenger Prays for a Donor's Intention Fr. Allan DaCorte, Padua Franciscan H.S., Parma, OH Fr. Tom Nairn teaching a class in Africa Friars Ed Tverdek and Dat Hoang, Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI Br. Moises Gutierrez Rivas, doctoral candidate in cross-cultural studies with Br. Sam Nasada, OFM Michael Jennrich and Bob Hutmacher Fr. Thinh Tran, new missionary to Alaska Several of our friars have worked with the friar students in Vietnam. Fr. John Eaton teaching music at Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School Mission San Jose in San Antonio Alaskan Missionaries (L-R) R. Justin Huber, Joe Hemmer, Thinh Tran, Robert Joseph Ruzicka Villagers of Kienge watch as a new well is dug. (Democratic Republic of Congo) Fr. Frank Kordek, Pastor, Hurley, WI Province Affiliates James & Katherine Pulley (Nashville) Our Lady of Guadalupe Liturgy, St. Patrick Church, Indianapolis Fr. Jerry Bleem assisting with Baptisms in a Ugandan Village Fr. Jerry Bleem assists with Baptisms in Ugandan village of Ogboa, December 2018 Fr. Jesús Aguirre Garza while stationed in South Sudan Bishop Fernand Cheri, OFM, imposes hands on Deacon Bob Barko St. Patrick Church, Kyokuk, Alaska


    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.


    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.