(Chapter 2017) Justin Belitz and Kurt Hartrich (Chapter 2017) Harold DeGrace and Joe Hemmer (Chapter 2017) John Dombrowski and Ted Haag (Chapter 2017) Joe Condren ratifies John Eaton's election Ed McKenzie and Donald Lachowicz (Chapter 2017) Jim Wheeler and Joe Carlos (Chapter 2017) Jim Lause, Paul Gallagher, Thom Smith, and Doug Collins (Chapter 2017) Lawrence Jagdfeld and Bill Burton Charlie Hart and Phil Hogan (Chapter 2017) Friars view "The Sultan and the Saint." Rommel Perez and Herb Jones Bishop Ferd Cheri imposes hands on Deacon Bob Barko (Chapter 2017) Table Four (Chapter 2017) Chris Neuman and Jim Lammers (Chapter 2017) Short Stuff - Mario DiCicco, Bert Miller, and Nick Baxter Bill Rooney and Frank Coens (Chapter 2017) Bob Barko and Mike Ward (Chapter 2017) New Councilors take oath of office. (Chapter 2017) A Break in the Session Frank Folino, Beto Cavazos, Bob Gross, and John Abts Jim Walton and Tom Ess Bishop Ferd Cheri III exits St. Louis Cathedral after his episcopal ordination. (Chapter 2017) Maury Smith and Ken Rosswog Friars at Prayer (Chapter 2017) Albert Haase, homilist for Monday Eucharist Jubilarian Mass (Chapter 2017)  A Game of Greed (Chapter 2017) Luis Runde and Lambert Leykam (Chapter 2017) Mike Haney, Guilermo Morales, and Pio Jackson Jack Hardesty, Thinh Tran, and Andre Schludecker

    Statement of Beliefs

    We believe that as followers of St. Francis of Assisi we are "Lesser Brothers" called to be centered in Christ with the Gospel as our Rule life.

    We believe that fidelity to our calling is expressed in loyalty to the mission of Jesus continued in His Church, in a spirit of prayer and contemplation, with a special love for the poor, and reverence for all God's creation.

    We believe that we are called to fraternity, to share a life of joy and peace, to draw our inspiration from the cross of Jesus, and to be renewed continually through our celebration of the Eucharist.

    Statement of Purpose

    Our mission is to permeate our society with Gospel values. We are to be instruments of change and heralds of peace in a broken world, serving all people, especially the poor and marginalized, through reconciliation and healing.

    Our mission, in a variety of ministries, is to try to respond to the needs of the Church in fidelity to our Franciscan ideals.

    Statement of Commitment

    Rejecting greed, manipulation, and consumerism, we commit ourselves to a life style that effectively witnesses the Gospel values of simplicity, joy, and brotherhood.

    We commit ourselves to forward the evangelizing mission of the Church for our day with primacy of concern for issues of justice and the rights of minorities, the poor, the homeless, and refugees.

    We commit ourselves to the development of the laity in order to call forth their gifts and talents toward a greater participation in leadership roles in both Church and society.

    We commit ourselves to a readiness to relinquish ministries that can be provided for by others, in order to respond to more urgent needs consonant with our Franciscan charism and the demands of ministry.

    We commit ourselves to a genuine Christian formation of our friars as well as the people we serve, sensitive to cultural identities and values, rooting out prejudice in all its forms.


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    Fr. Frank Folino, O.F.M.