Fr. Thinh Tran, new missionary to Alaska Fr. Ed Shea greeting parishioners after Mass Bishop Fernand Cheri, OFM, imposes hands on Deacon Bob Barko Fr. Jerry Bleem assisting with Baptisms in a Ugandan Village Several of our friars have worked with the friar students in Vietnam. Br. Tom Eaton teaches at Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School (the only Catholic grade school in East St. Louis, IL) Alaskan Missionaries (L-R) R. Justin Huber, Joe Hemmer, Thinh Tran, Robert Joseph Ruzicka Fr. Dat Hoang, Baptism at St. Anthony Church, St. Louis Fr. John Eaton teaching music at Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School St. Patrick Church, Kyokuk, Alaska Our Lady of Guadalupe Liturgy, St. Patrick Church, Indianapolis Friars Ed Tverdek and Dat Hoang, Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI Br. Moises Gutierrez Rivas, doctoral candidate in cross-cultural studies with Br. Sam Nasada, OFM Friar Ed McKenzie hones a new skill--baking bread Sr. Connie Probst at the St. Anthony Food Pantry Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI Fr. Allan DaCorte, Padua Franciscan H.S., Parma, OH New Province Affiliates Joe and Judy Claes Fr. Glenn Phillips (L) and Provincial Minister Tom Nairn visit the St. Louis Poor Clares Br. Tom Eisenmenger Prays for a Donor's Intention New Well, Mulenga, DRC (Africa) Fr. Frank Kordek, Pastor, Hurley, WI Newly-ordained Friar Bob Barko with Bishop Fernand Cheri III Mass at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Ashland, WI Blessing of Animals, St. Anthony Church, St. Louis Christmas, St. John Church, Joliet, 2018 Fr. Jesús Aguirre Garza while stationed in South Sudan Fr. Tom Nairn teaching a class in Zimbabwe Fr. Rogelio Martinez Ruteaga, Mission San Jose, San Antonio, TX Solemn Profession, Friar Ed Tverdek

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.

Values

  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.