Fr. Jesús Aguirre Garza while stationed in South Sudan Fr. Ed Shea greeting parishioners after Mass Villagers of Kienge watch as a new well is dug. (Democratic Republic of Congo) Solemn Profession, Friar Ed Tverdek 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) Sr. Connie Probst at the St. Anthony Food Pantry St. Patrick Church, Kyokuk, Alaska Bishop Fernand Cheri, OFM, imposes hands on Deacon Bob Barko Mass at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Ashland, WI Fr. Frank Kordek, Pastor, Hurley, WI Christmas, St. John Church, Joliet, 2018 Fr. Dat Hoang, Baptism at St. Anthony Church, St. Louis Br. Tom Eaton, Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School, East St. Louis, IL Fr. Thinh Tran, new missionary to Alaska Mission San Jose in San Antonio Fr. Frank Coens, Outdoor Mass, St. Paschal Church, West Monroe, LA (with Fr. Aloys Jost) Fr. John Eaton teaching music at Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School Friar Ed McKenzie hones a new skill--baking bread Blessing of Animals, St. Anthony Church, St. Louis Fr. Jerry Bleem assists with Baptisms in Ugandan village of Ogboa, December 2018 Br. Edward-Marc Arambasich, Fire Department Chaplain Alaskan Missionaries (L-R) R. Justin Huber, Joe Hemmer, Thinh Tran, Robert Joseph Ruzicka Fr. Rogelio Martinez Ruteaga, Mission San Jose, San Antonio, TX Our Lady of Guadalupe Liturgy, St. Patrick Church, Indianapolis Fr. Tom Nairn teaching a class in Zimbabwe Fr. Allan DaCorte, Padua Franciscan H.S., Parma, OH Fr. Glenn Phillips (L) and Provincial Minister Tom Nairn visit the St. Louis Poor Clares Br. Tom Eisenmenger Prays for a Donor's Intention Fr. John Doctor, Quincy University, Quincy, 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.

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