Mission Statement

In the Spirit of Francis of Assisi, the Franciscan Missionary Union supports the mission outreach of the Sacred Heart Province.

As the Spirit calls us to be instruments of change and heralds of peace and reconciliation in the world, serving all people, especially the poor and marginalized, the Franciscan Missionary Union:  
  • Evangelizes ourselves and others as we live and proclaim the Gospel in other lands and our own, respectful of the unique cultures in which we work;
  • Encourages, promotes and fosters new forms, methods and directions of evangelization in fidelity to our Franciscan charism; 
  • Generates and stewards funds necessary to enable our missionary endeavors to be visible and effective in all the world around us.

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Sacred Heart Province has a rich and lengthy history of missionary evangelization "ad gentes."  The Franciscan Friars of the Holy Cross Province in what is now northern Germany came to this country in answer to the call to care for the needs of German-speaking immigrants.  That missionary effort grew from 1858 until 1879 when the Franciscan Order established Sacred Heart Province as an independent entity.  Shortly thereafter the friars sent the first missionaries to China where th...

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