Blessing of Animals, St. Anthony Church, St. Louis Friar Bob Barko with Bishop Fernand Cheri III Fr. Rogelio Martinez Ruteaga, Mission San Jose, San Antonio, TX Fr. Jerry Bleem assists with Baptisms in Ugandan village of Ogboa, December 2018 Our Lady of Guadalupe Liturgy, St. Patrick Church, Indianapolis Fr. Ed Shea greeting parishioners after Mass Mission San Jose in San Antonio Fr. Dat Hoang, Baptism at St. Anthony Church, St. Louis Friar Ed McKenzie hones a new skill--baking bread Friar Glenn Phillips (L) and Provincial Minister Tom Nairn visit the St. Louis Poor Clares Br. Moises Gutierrez Rivas, Ph.D, in cross-cultural studies with Br. Sam Nasada, OFM Br. Tom Eisenmenger Prays for a Donor's Intention New Well, Mulenga, DRC (Africa) Villagers of Kienge watch as a new well is dug. (Democratic Republic of Congo) Alaskan Missionaries (L-R) R. Justin Huber, Joe Hemmer, Thinh Tran, Robert Joseph Ruzicka Several of our friars have worked with the friar students in Vietnam. St. Patrick Church, Kyokuk, Alaska Friar Thinh Tran, missionary to Alaska Fr. Jerry Bleem assisting with Baptisms in a Ugandan Village Fr. John Doctor, Quincy University, Quincy, IL Br. Edward-Marc Arambasich, Fire Department Chaplain

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.