Br. Tom Eaton, Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School Br. Tom Eaton, Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School, East St. Louis, IL Fr. Jerry Bleem assisting with Baptisms in a Ugandan Village Province Affiliates James & Katherine Pulley (Nashville) New Province Affiliates Joe and Judy Claes Newly-ordained Friar Bob Barko with Bishop Fernand Cheri III Fr. John Doctor, Quincy University, Quincy, IL Fr. Jerry Bleem assists with Baptisms in Ugandan village of Ogboa, December 2018 Bishop Fernand Cheri III exits St. Louis Cathedral after his episcopal ordination. Friar Ed McKenzie hones a new skill--baking bread Friars Ed Tverdek and Dat Hoang, Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI Our Lady of Guadalupe Liturgy, St. Patrick Church, Indianapolis Fr. Tom Nairn teaching a class in Africa Christmas, St. John Church, Joliet, 2018 Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI Villagers of Kienge watch as a new well is dug. (Democratic Republic of Congo) Fr. Jesús Aguirre Garza while stationed in South Sudan Michael Jennrich and Bob Hutmacher Several of our friars have worked with the friar students in Vietnam. Br. Edward-Marc Arambasich, Fire Department Chaplain Fr. Thinh Tran, new missionary to Alaska Br. Tom Eisenmenger Prays for a Donor's Intention Fr. Allan DaCorte, Padua Franciscan H.S., Parma, OH Fr. John Eaton teaching music at Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School Br. Moises Gutierrez Rivas, doctoral candidate in cross-cultural studies with Br. Sam Nasada, OFM Sr. Connie Probst at the St. Anthony Food Pantry Fr. Rogelio Martinez Ruteaga, Mission San Jose, San Antonio, TX New Well, Mulenga, DRC (Africa) Solemn Profession in Vietnam St. Patrick Church, Kyokuk, Alaska

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.