Friars Thinh van Tran, Johnpaul Cafiero, Michael Fowler, Duc Pham Mass of Thanksgiving of Thinh van Tran with fellow Vietnamese priests. Bishop Ferd Cheri imposes hands on Deacon Bob Barko Bishop Ferd Cheri III exits St. Louis Cathedral after his episcopal ordination. Vicar and Provincial Ministers swear in the new council (from the left) Friars Al Merz, John Dombrowski, Ralph Parthie, Jerry Bleem, Frank Coens and John Eaton. Quincy Friars welcome Friar Huy Nguyen and his companions Friars Romulo and Matthew. Friars Ed McKenzie, John Eaton, Derran Combs Michael Jennrich and Bob Hutmacher Friars Francisco de Assis Siqueria da Paixao, Reginaldo Romulo Monte Canto, Elder de Sousa Almeida, Joseph Carlos, Juan Carlos Ruiz Friar Dat Hoang signs attestation after his solemn vows. Friar Michael Perry, O.F.M., Current General Minister, Successor of St. Francis of Assisi Friars Larry Nickels, Ed Shea, Joseph Tan Nguyen, Tom Carroll, Kevin Lenihan Friars Pauli Johnson and Justin Belitz Deacon Bob Barko with Bishop Ferd Cheri Ordination of Friar Thinh van Tran Friars Don Blaeser and Ed Shea Friar Kurt Hartrich, Macario Torres, Bishop Alberto Rojas, ordaining prelate at Macario's diaconate ordination, Minister Provincial Bill Spencer Friars welcome newly professed Friar Dat Hoang with Kiss of Peace. Friars Pauli Johnson, Sylvano Pera, and Earl Benz Missioners to Vietnam, Friars Kenneth Capalbo and Joseph Tan Nguyen Friars share the light during prayer. Friars Robert Ruzicka, Justin Huber and Joseph Hemmer, our Missionaries to the Athabascan Indians in Alaska St. Peter's Community Farewell for Fr. Matthew Yang, O.F.M. Friars Lawrence Jagdfeld and Matthew Yang Friars Jerry Bleem, Raymond Rickels, Albert Haase, Bill Burton, Tom Eaton, and Patrick Darnell Friars Mario DiCicco and Michael Hill.

    Statement of Beliefs

    We believe that as followers of St. Francis of Assisi we are "Lesser Brothers" called to be centered in Christ with the Gospel as our Rule life.

    We believe that fidelity to our calling is expressed in loyalty to the mission of Jesus continued in His Church, in a spirit of prayer and contemplation, with a special love for the poor, and reverence for all God's creation.

    We believe that we are called to fraternity, to share a life of joy and peace, to draw our inspiration from the cross of Jesus, and to be renewed continually through our celebration of the Eucharist.

    Statement of Purpose

    Our mission is to permeate our society with Gospel values. We are to be instruments of change and heralds of peace in a broken world, serving all people, especially the poor and marginalized, through reconciliation and healing.

    Our mission, in a variety of ministries, is to try to respond to the needs of the Church in fidelity to our Franciscan ideals.

    Statement of Commitment

    Rejecting greed, manipulation, and consumerism, we commit ourselves to a life style that effectively witnesses the Gospel values of simplicity, joy, and brotherhood.

    We commit ourselves to forward the evangelizing mission of the Church for our day with primacy of concern for issues of justice and the rights of minorities, the poor, the homeless, and refugees.

    We commit ourselves to the development of the laity in order to call forth their gifts and talents toward a greater participation in leadership roles in both Church and society.

    We commit ourselves to a readiness to relinquish ministries that can be provided for by others, in order to respond to more urgent needs consonant with our Franciscan charism and the demands of ministry.

    We commit ourselves to a genuine Christian formation of our friars as well as the people we serve, sensitive to cultural identities and values, rooting out prejudice in all its forms.

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    Fr. Frank Folino, O.F.M.