Those brothers to whom the Lord has given the grace of working may work faithfully and devotedly so that, while avoiding idleness, the enemy of the soul, they do not extinguish the Spirit of holy prayer and devotion to which all temporal things must contribute.  In payment for their work they may receive whatever is necessary for the bodily support of themselves and their brothers, excepting coin or money, and let them do this humbly as is becoming for servants of God and followers of most holy poverty  (Later Rule, Chapter V).

With attention to the Rule of Our Holy St. Francis, the Franciscan friars of Sacred Heart Province engage in all sorts of different ministries.  It has been said that no work is excluded by our Rule.  Franciscan Friars are not devoted to one ministry or one type of work.  To that end, Franciscan friars of Sacred Heart Province are not only ordained clergy, but also engage in manual and professional kinds of ministerial outreach.  Friars of Sacred Heart Province have been doctors and bricklayers, lawyers and carpenters, pastors and maintenance men, teachers and care givers.  In communion with each other, we are called to evangelize others and ourselves as we live and proclaim the Gospel, respectful of the unique cultures in which we work.  

Ministries in which the Friars of Sacred Heart Province currently are engaged: 


Parishes:St. Francis Regis Church, Huslia, AK
St. Teresa Church, Kaltag, AK
St. Peter-in-Chains Church, Ruby, AK
Our Lady of the Snows Church, Nulato, AK
St. Patrick Church, Koyukuk, AK
St. Augustine Church, East St. Louis, IL
Holy Trinity Parish, Fairview Heights, IL
St. Stephen Parish, Caseyville, IL
St. Peter in the Loop, Chicago, IL
St. John the Baptist Church, Joliet, IL
St. Francis Solano Church, Quincy, IL
St. Isidore the Farmer Church, Dieterich, IL
St. Francis Church, Teutopolis, IL
Sacred Heart Church, Indianapolis, IN
St. Paschal Church, West Monroe, LA
Little Flower Church, Monroe, LA
St. Thomas Church, Ruston, LA
Cross in the Woods Church, Indian River, MI
St. Anthony Church, St. Louis, MO
Transfiguration Church, Lakewood, OH
San Jose Mission, San Antonio, TX
Espada Mission, San Antonio, TX
Cabrini Mission, San Antonio, TX
Our Lady of the Lake Church, Ashland, WI
St. Mary of the Seven Dolors Church, Hurley, WI
St. Mary's Church, Odanah, WI
|St. Anne, Saxon, WI

Chaplaincies:African American Center - Prison Ministry, East St. Louis, IL
Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, Frankfort, IL
Illinois State Police
Mayslake Village, Oak Brook, IL
Campus Ministry, Quincy University, Quincy, IL
St. John Hospital, Springfield, IL (ACPE Supervisor)
Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, Springfield, IL
St. Anthony Hospital, Effingham, IL
Campus Ministry, Louisiana Tech University
St. Anthony Hospital, St. Louis, MO
St. Alexis Hospital, St. Louis, MO
Maryville Gardens, St. Louis, MO
Poor Clare Monastery, St. Louis, MO
St. Francis Village, Crowley, TX
Cook Children's Hospital, Ft. Worth, TX
Naval Air Station/Joint Reserve Base - Carswell Air Field
Felician Village, Manitowoc, WI


Education:Thea Bowman School Faculty, East St. Louis, MO
Catholic Theological Union Faculty, Chicago, ILMidwestern University, Adjunct Faculty, Downers Grove, IL 
St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary Faculty, Boynton Beach, FL
Quincy University Administration, Quincy, IL
Quincy University Library, Quincy, IL
Permanent Diaconate Formation Program, St. Louis, MO
Padua Franciscan High School Administration, Parma, OH
Padua Franciscan High School Faculty, Parma, OH

Special Area Ministries:Franciscan Outreach Ministries, Chicago, IL
Chiesa Nuova (Music Ministry), Chicago, IL
CUSA - An Apostolate of Persons with Chronic Illness or Disability, Frankfort, IL
Multicultural Ministry, Archdiocese of Indianapolis, IN
Hazelden Institute Counselor, Hazelden, MN
Software Engineer, Cray, Inc., St. Paul, MN
Hispanic Ministry, Eastern Deanery, Shreveport, LA
Wounded Brothers Program, Dittmer, MO
Franciscan Connection, St. Louis, MO
Interprovincial House of Prayer, Ava, MO
Art Ministry, San Antonio, TX


Preaching:Il Ritiro, Dittmer, MO
Home Mission and Retreat Preaching
Formation: Interprovincial Postulancy, Silver Spring, MD
St. Francis Interprovincial Novitiate, Santa Barbara, CA
Post Novitiate Formation, St. Joseph Friary, Chicago, IL
Priesthood Formation, St. Peter Friary, Chicago, IL


Prayer:Interprovincial House of Prayer, Ava, MO


Fraternal Service

Outdoor View of Cross in the Woods

Outdoor View of Cross in the Woods

Mission San Jose, San Antonio, TX

St. Anthony Church, St. Louis, MO (Interior)

St. Francis Hall, Quincy University

St. Peter's in the Loop, Chicago, IL (Interior)

St. John the Baptist Church, Joliet, IL  (Interior View)

St. John Berchmans Church, Galena, Alaska

St. Paschal Church, West Monroe, LA