Fr. John Eaton teaching music at Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School Br. Tom Eaton teaches at Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School (the only Catholic grade school in East St. Louis, IL) Fr. Tom Nairn teaching a class in Africa Alaskan Missionaries (L-R) R. Justin Huber, Joe Hemmer, Thinh Tran, Robert Joseph Ruzicka Fr. Allan DaCorte, Padua Franciscan H.S., Parma, OH Fr. Rogelio Martinez Ruteaga, Mission San Jose, San Antonio, TX Newly-ordained Friar Bob Barko with Bishop Fernand Cheri III Fr. John Doctor, Quincy University, Quincy, IL Mission San Jose in San Antonio Solemn Profession in Vietnam Province Affiliates James & Katherine Pulley (Nashville) New Well, Mulenga, DRC (Africa) Br. Moises Gutierrez Rivas, doctoral candidate in cross-cultural studies with Br. Sam Nasada, OFM Fr. Thinh Tran, new missionary to Alaska Br. Tom Eisenmenger Prays for a Donor's Intention Br. Edward-Marc Arambasich, Fire Department Chaplain Fr. Jesús Aguirre Garza while stationed in South Sudan Our Lady of Guadalupe Liturgy, St. Patrick Church, Indianapolis Several of our friars have worked with the friar students in Vietnam. Friars Ed Tverdek and Dat Hoang, Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI St. Patrick Church, Kyokuk, Alaska Christmas, St. John Church, Joliet, 2018 Bishop Fernand Cheri, OFM, imposes hands on Deacon Bob Barko Bishop Fernand Cheri III exits St. Louis Cathedral after his episcopal ordination. Michael Jennrich and Bob Hutmacher Br. Tom Eaton, Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School, East St. Louis, IL Villagers of Kienge watch as a new well is dug. (Democratic Republic of Congo) Sr. Connie Probst at the St. Anthony Food Pantry (Chapter 2017) Jubilarians (2015-2017) Br. Tom Eaton, Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School


    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.