Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI Villagers of Kienge watch as a new well is dug. (Democratic Republic of Congo) Mission San Jose in San Antonio St. Patrick Church, Kyokuk, Alaska Mass at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Ashland, WI Our Lady of Guadalupe Liturgy, St. Patrick Church, Indianapolis Fr. Tom Nairn teaching a class in Zimbabwe Fr. Jesús Aguirre Garza while stationed in South Sudan Br. Tom Eisenmenger Prays for a Donor's Intention Several of our friars have worked with the friar students in Vietnam. Fr. Jerry Bleem assisting with Baptisms in a Ugandan Village Fr. Frank Kordek, Pastor, Hurley, WI Fr. Thinh Tran, new missionary to Alaska Fr. Frank Coens, Outdoor Mass, St. Paschal Church, West Monroe, LA (with Fr. Aloys Jost) Fr. Jerry Bleem assists with Baptisms in Ugandan village of Ogboa, December 2018 Br. Tom Eaton teaches at Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School (the only Catholic grade school in East St. Louis, IL) Friar Ed McKenzie hones a new skill--baking bread New Province Affiliates Joe and Judy Claes Fr. Ed Shea greeting parishioners after Mass Alaskan Missionaries (L-R) R. Justin Huber, Joe Hemmer, Thinh Tran, Robert Joseph Ruzicka Friars Ed Tverdek and Dat Hoang, Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI Fr. Rogelio Martinez Ruteaga, Mission San Jose, San Antonio, TX Solemn Profession, Friar Ed Tverdek New Well, Mulenga, DRC (Africa) Br. Tom Eaton, Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School, East St. Louis, IL Blessing of Animals, St. Anthony Church, St. Louis Christmas, St. John Church, Joliet, 2018 Fr. Glenn Phillips (L) and Provincial Minister Tom Nairn visit the St. Louis Poor Clares Br. Moises Gutierrez Rivas, doctoral candidate in cross-cultural studies with Br. Sam Nasada, OFM Br. Edward-Marc Arambasich, Fire Department Chaplain

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.