Solemn Profession in Vietnam Several of our friars have worked with the friar students in Vietnam. Michael Jennrich and Bob Hutmacher Sr. Connie Probst at the St. Anthony Food Pantry Mission San Jose in San Antonio Br. Edward-Marc Arambasich, Fire Department Chaplain Province Affiliates James & Katherine Pulley (Nashville) Br. Tom Eaton, Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School St. Patrick Church, Kyokuk, Alaska Solemn Profession, Friar Ed Tverdek New Province Affiliates Joe and Judy Claes Christmas, St. John Church, Joliet, 2018 Fr. Allan DaCorte, Padua Franciscan H.S., Parma, OH Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI Our Lady of Guadalupe Liturgy, St. Patrick Church, Indianapolis Fr. Jesús Aguirre Garza while stationed in South Sudan Br. Moises Gutierrez Rivas, doctoral candidate in cross-cultural studies with Br. Sam Nasada, OFM Fr. John Eaton teaching music at Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School Friars Ed Tverdek and Dat Hoang, Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI Fr. Rogelio Martinez Ruteaga, Mission San Jose, San Antonio, TX Alaskan Missionaries (L-R) R. Justin Huber, Joe Hemmer, Thinh Tran, Robert Joseph Ruzicka Friar Ed McKenzie hones a new skill--baking bread Fr. John Doctor, Quincy University, Quincy, IL Br. Tom Eaton, Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School, East St. Louis, IL Newly-ordained Friar Bob Barko with Bishop Fernand Cheri III Fr. Thinh Tran, new missionary to Alaska Fr. Frank Kordek, Pastor, Hurley, WI Br. Tom Eisenmenger Prays for a Donor's Intention New Well, Mulenga, DRC (Africa) Fr. Tom Nairn teaching a class in Africa


    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.


    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.