Province Affiliates James & Katherine Pulley (Nashville) Friars Ed Tverdek and Dat Hoang, Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI Alaskan Missionaries (L-R) R. Justin Huber, Joe Hemmer, Thinh Tran, Robert Joseph Ruzicka Fr. John Doctor, Quincy University, Quincy, IL Solemn Profession in Vietnam Fr. John Eaton teaching music at Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School Newly-ordained Friar Bob Barko with Bishop Fernand Cheri III Fr. Jerry Bleem assisting with Baptisms in a Ugandan Village Fr. Jesús Aguirre Garza while stationed in South Sudan Fr. Jerry Bleem assists with Baptisms in Ugandan village of Ogboa, December 2018 Br. Edward-Marc Arambasich, Fire Department Chaplain Christmas, St. John Church, Joliet, 2018 Bishop Fernand Cheri, OFM, imposes hands on Deacon Bob Barko Br. Tom Eaton teaches at Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School (the only Catholic grade school in East St. Louis, IL) New Province Affiliates Joe and Judy Claes Fr. Frank Kordek, Pastor, Hurley, WI Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI Our Lady of Guadalupe Liturgy, St. Patrick Church, Indianapolis Br. Tom Eaton, Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School Michael Jennrich and Bob Hutmacher Br. Tom Eaton, Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School, East St. Louis, IL Fr. Thinh Tran, new missionary to Alaska Solemn Profession, Friar Ed Tverdek St. Patrick Church, Kyokuk, Alaska Bishop Fernand Cheri III exits St. Louis Cathedral after his episcopal ordination. (Chapter 2017) Jubilarians (2015-2017) Br. Tom Eisenmenger Prays for a Donor's Intention Villagers of Kienge watch as a new well is dug. (Democratic Republic of Congo) Fr. Rogelio Martinez Ruteaga, Mission San Jose, San Antonio, TX Sr. Connie Probst at the St. Anthony Food Pantry

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.

Abstract Crozier 
Fr. Frank Folino, O.F.M.