Christmas, St. John Church, Joliet, 2018 Friars Ed Tverdek and Dat Hoang, Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI Sr. Connie Probst at the St. Anthony Food Pantry Friar Ed McKenzie hones a new skill--baking bread New Province Affiliates Joe and Judy Claes Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI Fr. Frank Coens, Outdoor Mass, St. Paschal Church, West Monroe, LA (with Fr. Aloys Jost) Mass at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Ashland, WI Fr. John Doctor, Quincy University, Quincy, IL Fr. Jesús Aguirre Garza while stationed in South Sudan Newly-ordained Friar Bob Barko with Bishop Fernand Cheri III Br. Edward-Marc Arambasich, Fire Department Chaplain Br. Tom Eaton teaches at Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School (the only Catholic grade school in East St. Louis, IL) New Well, Mulenga, DRC (Africa) Bishop Fernand Cheri, OFM, imposes hands on Deacon Bob Barko Br. Tom Eaton, Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School, East St. Louis, IL Fr. Glenn Phillips (L) and Provincial Minister Tom Nairn visit the St. Louis Poor Clares Br. Tom Eisenmenger Prays for a Donor's Intention Fr. Jerry Bleem assists with Baptisms in Ugandan village of Ogboa, December 2018 Fr. Frank Kordek, Pastor, Hurley, WI Fr. Dat Hoang, Baptism at St. Anthony Church, St. Louis Alaskan Missionaries (L-R) R. Justin Huber, Joe Hemmer, Thinh Tran, Robert Joseph Ruzicka Solemn Profession, Friar Ed Tverdek Villagers of Kienge watch as a new well is dug. (Democratic Republic of Congo) St. Patrick Church, Kyokuk, Alaska Fr. Jerry Bleem assisting with Baptisms in a Ugandan Village Fr. Ed Shea greeting parishioners after Mass Fr. Allan DaCorte, Padua Franciscan H.S., Parma, OH Fr. Tom Nairn teaching a class in Zimbabwe 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.