Mission San Jose in San Antonio Fr. Glenn Phillips (L) and Provincial Minister Tom Nairn visit the St. Louis Poor Clares Br. Edward-Marc Arambasich, Fire Department Chaplain Alaskan Missionaries (L-R) R. Justin Huber, Joe Hemmer, Thinh Tran, Robert Joseph Ruzicka Mass at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Ashland, WI Villagers of Kienge watch as a new well is dug. (Democratic Republic of Congo) Several of our friars have worked with the friar students in Vietnam. New Well, Mulenga, DRC (Africa) Fr. Frank Kordek, Pastor, Hurley, WI Fr. Jerry Bleem assists with Baptisms in Ugandan village of Ogboa, December 2018 Friars Ed Tverdek and Dat Hoang, Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI Fr. Thinh Tran, new missionary to Alaska Friar Ed McKenzie hones a new skill--baking bread Solemn Profession, Friar Ed Tverdek Br. Tom Eaton teaches at Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School (the only Catholic grade school in East St. Louis, IL) Br. Tom Eisenmenger Prays for a Donor's Intention Fr. John Doctor, Quincy University, Quincy, IL Sr. Connie Probst at the St. Anthony Food Pantry Fr. Jerry Bleem assisting with Baptisms in a Ugandan Village Fr. John Eaton teaching music at Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School Fr. Ed Shea greeting parishioners after Mass Fr. Frank Coens, Outdoor Mass, St. Paschal Church, West Monroe, LA (with Fr. Aloys Jost) Newly-ordained Friar Bob Barko with Bishop Fernand Cheri III Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI St. Patrick Church, Kyokuk, Alaska Fr. Tom Nairn teaching a class in Zimbabwe Br. Tom Eaton, Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School, East St. Louis, IL Fr. Dat Hoang, Baptism at St. Anthony Church, St. Louis New Province Affiliates Joe and Judy Claes Fr. Allan DaCorte, Padua Franciscan H.S., Parma, OH

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.