New Well, Mulenga, DRC (Africa) Alaskan Missionaries (L-R) R. Justin Huber, Joe Hemmer, Thinh Tran, Robert Joseph Ruzicka Fr. John Eaton teaching music at Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School Fr. Frank Kordek, Pastor, Hurley, WI Br. Moises Gutierrez Rivas, doctoral candidate in cross-cultural studies with Br. Sam Nasada, OFM Our Lady of Guadalupe Liturgy, St. Patrick Church, Indianapolis Friars Ed Tverdek and Dat Hoang, Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI Sr. Connie Probst at the St. Anthony Food Pantry Mass at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Ashland, WI Fr. Jerry Bleem assisting with Baptisms in a Ugandan Village Christmas, St. John Church, Joliet, 2018 Fr. Allan DaCorte, Padua Franciscan H.S., Parma, OH Br. Edward-Marc Arambasich, Fire Department Chaplain Br. Tom Eaton, Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School, East St. Louis, IL St. Patrick Church, Kyokuk, Alaska Fr. John Doctor, Quincy University, Quincy, IL Villagers of Kienge watch as a new well is dug. (Democratic Republic of Congo) Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI Fr. Jerry Bleem assists with Baptisms in Ugandan village of Ogboa, December 2018 Fr. Dat Hoang, Baptism at St. Anthony Church, St. Louis Fr. Frank Coens, Outdoor Mass, St. Paschal Church, West Monroe, LA (with Fr. Aloys Jost) Mission San Jose in San Antonio Several of our friars have worked with the friar students in Vietnam. Fr. Glenn Phillips (L) and Provincial Minister Tom Nairn visit the St. Louis Poor Clares Solemn Profession, Friar Ed Tverdek Fr. Tom Nairn teaching a class in Zimbabwe Newly-ordained Friar Bob Barko with Bishop Fernand Cheri III Fr. Thinh Tran, new missionary to Alaska New Province Affiliates Joe and Judy Claes Br. Tom Eisenmenger Prays for a Donor's Intention

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.