Christmas, St. John Church, Joliet, 2018 Fr. Frank Kordek, Pastor, Hurley, WI Fr. Rogelio Martinez Ruteaga, Mission San Jose, San Antonio, TX Fr. Dat Hoang, Baptism at St. Anthony Church, St. Louis St. Patrick Church, Kyokuk, Alaska 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 Our Lady of Guadalupe Liturgy, St. Patrick Church, Indianapolis Sr. Connie Probst at the St. Anthony Food Pantry Newly-ordained Friar Bob Barko with Bishop Fernand Cheri III Mission San Jose in San Antonio Fr. Ed Shea greeting parishioners after Mass Friars Ed Tverdek and Dat Hoang, Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI New Province Affiliates Joe and Judy Claes Br. Tom Eaton, Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School, East St. Louis, IL Mass at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Ashland, WI Fr. John Doctor, Quincy University, Quincy, IL Blessing of Animals, St. Anthony Church, St. Louis Friar Ed McKenzie hones a new skill--baking bread Br. Edward-Marc Arambasich, Fire Department Chaplain Fr. Jerry Bleem assisting with Baptisms in a Ugandan Village Solemn Profession, Friar Ed Tverdek Fr. Tom Nairn teaching a class in Zimbabwe Fr. John Eaton teaching music at Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic School New Well, Mulenga, DRC (Africa) Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI Fr. Allan DaCorte, Padua Franciscan H.S., Parma, OH Fr. Jesús Aguirre Garza while stationed in South Sudan Fr. Jerry Bleem assists with Baptisms in Ugandan village of Ogboa, December 2018 Br. Moises Gutierrez Rivas, doctoral candidate in cross-cultural studies with Br. Sam Nasada, OFM

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.