Several of our friars have worked with the friar students in Vietnam. Mission San Jose in San Antonio Friars Ed Tverdek and Dat Hoang, Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI Fr. Allan DaCorte, Padua Franciscan H.S., Parma, OH Fr. Thinh Tran, new missionary to Alaska Fr. Ed Shea greeting parishioners after Mass Sr. Connie Probst at the St. Anthony Food Pantry Newly-ordained Friar Bob Barko with Bishop Fernand Cheri III Fr. Dat Hoang, Baptism at St. Anthony Church, St. Louis St. Patrick Church, Kyokuk, Alaska Blessing of Animals, St. Anthony Church, St. Louis Fr. Jesús Aguirre Garza while stationed in South Sudan Br. Edward-Marc Arambasich, Fire Department Chaplain Fr. Jerry Bleem assisting with Baptisms in a Ugandan Village Br. Tom Eisenmenger Prays for a Donor's Intention Br. Tom Eaton, Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School, East St. Louis, IL Christmas, St. John Church, Joliet, 2018 Friar Ed McKenzie hones a new skill--baking bread Fr. Frank Kordek, Pastor, Hurley, WI Br. Moises Gutierrez Rivas, doctoral candidate in cross-cultural studies with Br. Sam Nasada, OFM Villagers of Kienge watch as a new well is dug. (Democratic Republic of Congo) Solemn Profession, Friar Ed Tverdek Our Lady of Guadalupe Liturgy, St. Patrick Church, Indianapolis Fr. Frank Coens, Outdoor Mass, St. Paschal Church, West Monroe, LA (with Fr. Aloys Jost) Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI Br. Tom Eaton teaches at Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School (the only Catholic grade school in East St. Louis, IL) Alaskan Missionaries (L-R) R. Justin Huber, Joe Hemmer, Thinh Tran, Robert Joseph Ruzicka Fr. John Eaton teaching music at Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School Mass at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Ashland, WI Fr. Jerry Bleem assists with Baptisms in Ugandan village of Ogboa, December 2018

At a time when the COVID-19 virus has disproportionately attacked people of color, we have witnessed the killing of Mr. George Floyd and the protests, sometimes violent, which have occurred in our cities in its aftermath. Our hearts go out to all affected.

Even though, following in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi, we decry violence and desire peace, we stand in solidarity with our outraged African American brothers and sisters who demand an end to the deadly violence of racism. We cannot be indifferent when their God-given dignity is violated.

As people of faith, we not only condemn the systemic racism that has led to these events, but we also re-dedicate ourselves to ending racial injustice in our Provinces, in our Church, and in our nation and creating that space where Dr. Martin Luther King’s Beloved Community will flourish.

David Gaa, O.F.M.
Provincial Minister
Saint Barbara Province of Franciscans

James Gannon, O.F.M.
Provincial Minister
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province of Franciscans

Kevin Mullen, O.F.M.
Provincial Minister
Holy Name Province of Franciscans

Thomas Nairn, O.F.M.
Provincial Minister
Sacred Heart Province of Franciscans

Jack Clark Robinson, O.F.M.
Provincial Minister
Our Lady of Guadalupe Province of Franciscans

Mark Soehner, O.F.M.
Provincial Minister
Saint John the Baptist Province of Franciscans

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Fr. Frank Folino, O.F.M.