Fr. John Doctor, Quincy University, Quincy, IL Bishop Fernand Cheri, OFM, imposes hands on Deacon Bob Barko Br. Moises Gutierrez Rivas, doctoral candidate in cross-cultural studies with Br. Sam Nasada, OFM Br. Tom Eaton, Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School Fr. Jerry Bleem assists with Baptisms in Ugandan village of Ogboa, December 2018 Mission San Jose in San Antonio Fr. Rogelio Martinez Ruteaga, Mission San Jose, San Antonio, TX Solemn Profession, Friar Ed Tverdek Bishop Fernand Cheri III exits St. Louis Cathedral after his episcopal ordination. Friar Ed McKenzie hones a new skill--baking bread Fr. Allan DaCorte, Padua Franciscan H.S., Parma, OH St. Patrick Church, Kyokuk, Alaska 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 Villagers of Kienge watch as a new well is dug. (Democratic Republic of Congo) Fr. Jesús Aguirre Garza while stationed in South Sudan New Province Affiliates Joe and Judy Claes Fr. Tom Nairn teaching a class in Africa Christmas, St. John Church, Joliet, 2018 Fr. Jerry Bleem assisting with Baptisms in a Ugandan Village Fr. Thinh Tran, new missionary to Alaska Province Affiliates James & Katherine Pulley (Nashville) Fr. Frank Kordek, Pastor, Hurley, WI Our Lady of Guadalupe Liturgy, St. Patrick Church, Indianapolis Br. Tom Eisenmenger Prays for a Donor's Intention Friars Ed Tverdek and Dat Hoang, Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI Michael Jennrich and Bob Hutmacher New Well, Mulenga, DRC (Africa) (Chapter 2017) Jubilarians (2015-2017) Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI


    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.