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

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.