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

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.


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Fr. Frank Folino, O.F.M.