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

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.