Friar Rogelio Martinez Ruteaga, Mission San Jose, San Antonio, TX Friar Luis Runde at Southern Border Friars Marc Sheckells and Johnpaul Cafiero prepare for the new school year at Padua Franciscan High School, Parma, OH Friar Tom Eisenmenger Prays for a Donor's Intention Friar Moises Gutierrez Rivas Chats with Students at Gonzaga University Centenarian Friar Irenaeus Kimminau with Family Members Villagers of Kienge watch as a new well is dug. (Democratic Republic of Congo) Friars Ken Rosswog and Harold DeGrave planting seeds at Manitowoc, WI Provincial Minister Thomas Nairn presides at the funeral for Friar Michael Luke Ubben Friar Ed McKenzie hones a new skill--baking bread Alaskan Missionaries (L-R) R. Justin Huber, Joe Hemmer, Thinh Tran, Robert Joseph Ruzicka Blessing of Animals, St. Anthony Church, St. Louis Friar Ed Shea greeting parishioners after Mass New Well, Mulenga, DRC (Africa) No need to "take a little off the top" as Friar Johnpaul Cafiero gives a trim to Friar Don Blaeser Friar Edward-Marc Arambasich, Fire Department Chaplain Friar Mario DiCicco feels like a giant during his visit to Vietnam. Friar Glenn Phillips (L) and Provincial Minister Tom Nairn visit the St. Louis Poor Clares Mission San Jose in San Antonio Our Lady of Guadalupe Liturgy, St. Patrick Church, Indianapolis Friar Jerry Bleem, Visitator to the Friars in the Philippines St. Patrick Church, Kyokuk, Alaska Senior Friars Workout in New Exercise Studio at Manitowoc IL Ritiro Retreat Center, Dittmer, MO Who needs a sidewalk?  (Vietnam) Friar Thinh Tran Tackles the Snow of Alaska Senior Friars at Manitowoc Enjoy Armchair Bowling Several of our friars have worked with the friar students in Vietnam. Friar Jerry Bleem with Youth Group in Philippines Dancing at Friar Justin Belitz' 60th Anniversary of Priesthood

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.