Newly-ordained Friar Bob Barko with Bishop Fernand Cheri III Br. Moises Gutierrez Rivas, doctoral candidate in cross-cultural studies with Br. Sam Nasada, OFM Several of our friars have worked with the friar students in Vietnam. Fr. Jesús Aguirre Garza while stationed in South Sudan Fr. Jerry Bleem assisting with Baptisms in a Ugandan Village Fr. Jerry Bleem assists with Baptisms in Ugandan village of Ogboa, December 2018 Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI Solemn Profession, Friar Ed Tverdek Our Lady of Guadalupe Liturgy, St. Patrick Church, Indianapolis Fr. Ed Shea greeting parishioners after Mass Br. Tom Eaton teaches at Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School (the only Catholic grade school in East St. Louis, IL) Fr. Thinh Tran, new missionary to Alaska Fr. Glenn Phillips (L) and Provincial Minister Tom Nairn visit the St. Louis Poor Clares Fr. Dat Hoang, Baptism at St. Anthony Church, St. Louis Br. Edward-Marc Arambasich, Fire Department Chaplain Fr. Frank Kordek, Pastor, Hurley, WI Friars Ed Tverdek and Dat Hoang, Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI Br. Tom Eisenmenger Prays for a Donor's Intention Villagers of Kienge watch as a new well is dug. (Democratic Republic of Congo) Mass at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Ashland, WI Bishop Fernand Cheri, OFM, imposes hands on Deacon Bob Barko Blessing of Animals, St. Anthony Church, St. Louis Fr. Frank Coens, Outdoor Mass, St. Paschal Church, West Monroe, LA (with Fr. Aloys Jost) Alaskan Missionaries (L-R) R. Justin Huber, Joe Hemmer, Thinh Tran, Robert Joseph Ruzicka Fr. Rogelio Martinez Ruteaga, Mission San Jose, San Antonio, TX New Well, Mulenga, DRC (Africa) Fr. John Doctor, Quincy University, Quincy, IL Fr. John Eaton teaching music at Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School Fr. Tom Nairn teaching a class in Zimbabwe Br. Tom Eaton, Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School, East St. Louis, IL

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.