Blessing of Animals, St. Anthony Church, St. Louis Fr. Dat Hoang, Baptism at St. Anthony Church, St. Louis Fr. Jesús Aguirre Garza while stationed in South Sudan Villagers of Kienge watch as a new well is dug. (Democratic Republic of Congo) Br. Edward-Marc Arambasich, Fire Department Chaplain Fr. Frank Kordek, Pastor, Hurley, WI New Province Affiliates Joe and Judy Claes New Well, Mulenga, DRC (Africa) Fr. Rogelio Martinez Ruteaga, Mission San Jose, San Antonio, TX Friar Ed McKenzie hones a new skill--baking bread Alaskan Missionaries (L-R) R. Justin Huber, Joe Hemmer, Thinh Tran, Robert Joseph Ruzicka Mission San Jose in San Antonio Friars Ed Tverdek and Dat Hoang, Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI Fr. Thinh Tran, new missionary to Alaska St. Patrick Church, Kyokuk, Alaska Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI Sr. Connie Probst at the St. Anthony Food Pantry Several of our friars have worked with the friar students in Vietnam. Mass at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Ashland, WI Fr. Allan DaCorte, Padua Franciscan H.S., Parma, OH Fr. Ed Shea greeting parishioners after Mass Our Lady of Guadalupe Liturgy, St. Patrick Church, Indianapolis Fr. Jerry Bleem assisting with Baptisms in a Ugandan Village Bishop Fernand Cheri, OFM, imposes hands on Deacon Bob Barko Br. Tom Eisenmenger Prays for a Donor's Intention Fr. John Doctor, Quincy University, Quincy, IL Fr. Tom Nairn teaching a class in Zimbabwe Br. Moises Gutierrez Rivas, doctoral candidate in cross-cultural studies with Br. Sam Nasada, OFM Solemn Profession, Friar Ed Tverdek Newly-ordained Friar Bob Barko with Bishop Fernand Cheri III

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.