Christmas, St. John Church, Joliet, 2018 Bishop Fernand Cheri, OFM, imposes hands on Deacon Bob Barko Fr. Rogelio Martinez Ruteaga, Mission San Jose, San Antonio, TX Fr. John Doctor, Quincy University, Quincy, IL Alaskan Missionaries (L-R) R. Justin Huber, Joe Hemmer, Thinh Tran, Robert Joseph Ruzicka Fr. Glenn Phillips (L) and Provincial Minister Tom Nairn visit the St. Louis Poor Clares Fr. Jesús Aguirre Garza while stationed in South Sudan Br. Tom Eaton teaches at Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School (the only Catholic grade school in East St. Louis, IL) Fr. Allan DaCorte, Padua Franciscan H.S., Parma, OH Sr. Connie Probst at the St. Anthony Food Pantry Fr. Tom Nairn teaching a class in Zimbabwe St. Patrick Church, Kyokuk, Alaska New Province Affiliates Joe and Judy Claes Villagers of Kienge watch as a new well is dug. (Democratic Republic of Congo) Mass at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Ashland, WI New Well, Mulenga, DRC (Africa) Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI Solemn Profession, Friar Ed Tverdek Fr. Ed Shea greeting parishioners after Mass Blessing of Animals, St. Anthony Church, St. Louis Several of our friars have worked with the friar students in Vietnam. Fr. Thinh Tran, new missionary to Alaska Br. Moises Gutierrez Rivas, doctoral candidate in cross-cultural studies with Br. Sam Nasada, OFM Fr. Dat Hoang, Baptism at St. Anthony Church, St. Louis Br. Tom Eisenmenger Prays for a Donor's Intention Fr. Frank Kordek, Pastor, Hurley, WI Newly-ordained Friar Bob Barko with Bishop Fernand Cheri III Mission San Jose in San Antonio Friar Ed McKenzie hones a new skill--baking bread Fr. Frank Coens, Outdoor Mass, St. Paschal Church, West Monroe, LA (with Fr. Aloys Jost)

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.