Franciscan Friars of the United States of America

Welcome to the website of the Franciscan Friars of the United States of America. We are over 1,000 friars – members of the Order of Friars Minor – living and ministering as brothers across the United States.

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#FriarFriday — Peaceable Kingdom

This week’s #FriarFriday reflection was written by Friar Greg Friedman, OFM, a friar currently working at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, D.C. [dropcap]H[/dropcap]ave you heard of a painting called the “Peaceable Kingdom”? It depicts a...
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#FriarFriday — So Much to be Thankful For

Yesterday was a busy day at the soup kitchen. As usual, we started with morning prayer and Mass. Then, the work began to prepare the meal for our guests. The turkey was heated, along with the mashed potatoes and yams, and the pies were cut. The dining room was prepared.
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Happy Thanksgiving

From our family to yours, may you have a most Happy Thanksgiving. A prayer of Thanksgiving by St. Francis of Assisi: "All-powerful, most holy , Almighty and supreme God, Holy and just Father, Lord King of heaven and earth we thank You for Yourself."
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#FriarFriday — The Day of Three Miracles

The Holy Land is a place of miracles. In the course of my recent visits to the Holy Land, I’ve discovered small miracles—signs of the Kingdom of God present in this unique part of the world where God chose to walk among us as a human being. This past May, in fact, I experienced three such signs on one day!
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Junípero Serra and Beyond

The Academy of American Franciscan History presented a seminar on on Junípero Serra and Franciscan Missiology at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, D.C., Oct. 21-22. In a talk on the more modern Franciscan missions to China, a friar asked, “What do the Chinese missions have to tell us today? That Franciscans are willing to go to the peripheries.”
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#FriarFriday — On Veteran’s Day

John F. Kennedy said this about peace, “What kind of peace do we seek? ...[A] genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children . . . not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.’’
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Franciscan Friars Week Proclaimed

The Village of Spires in Oldenburg, Indiana, has designated the week of Oct. 2-8 as Franciscan Friars Week. They write: Whereas, the founder of the Village of Spires, Father Franz Joseph Rudolf, nearing sister death, requested that the very order that helped him to...
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#FriarFriday — The Kiss of Joyful Suffering

While in Africa this summer, I found myself asking how is it that the poor are so joyful when they suffer so much and have so little? How can children laugh and smile and be filled with such joy when they live in such utter destitution. While the term “joyful suffering” may seem to be an oxymoron, the great saints understood that these two seemingly opposite realities are really more like two sides of the same coin.
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Latest Franciscans News

Special Commission for Dialogue with Islam

  The Order’s Special Commission for Dialogue with Islam gathered at the General Curia from 21-25 November 2016. The Commission met to establish its agenda of activities and projects for the present sexennium, chief among which will be the preparation of diverse,...
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Fraternitas No 239 (12. 2016)

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Comunicato of the General Definitory November 2016

  The Tempo forte of November 2016 lasted almost two weeks, the second of which (14th – 18th November) was spent in conjunction with 20 Visitators General. In the first week of the meeting, after sharing some information about their various activities in the weeks...
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Minister General’s World AIDS Day message 2016

  My dear brothers of the Order, members of the Franciscan movement, and friends of Franciscans, May the Lord give you peace! In celebrating the day world of the HIV-AIDS on December 1, we commemorate so many countless men and women that have died because of this...
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Children praying for peace: Letter from the Minister General and Custos of the Holy Land

  To all the friars of the Order of Friars Minorto the Poor Clares,to the sisters to the brothers of the Secular Franciscan Order,and to all women and men of good will “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven...
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Franciscan Presence at COP22

  COP22 (Conference of the Parties), organized by UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), took place in Marrakesh, Morocco on 8-18 November 2016. Last year, COP 21 in Paris was attended by 20 Franciscan delegations, including Roman 6, to...
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B. Giles of Assisi Foundation: Missionary Community for Europe

  Who are we today?Currently (after the departure of Br. Ariel Amato, called to perform the service of provincial Definitor in Argentina) the Community of Palestrina (Rome, Italy) is composed of 5 brothers, all Italians, of which 4 are incardinated in the Foundation...
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Closing of the 2016 Meeting with the Visitators General

  The 2016 meeting between the Visitators General and the Minister General and his Definitory has concluded. The Visitators are thus officially sent to the Brothers of the various entities of the Order who will be holding their Elective Chapter. At the Concluding...
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Who We Are

We Franciscans owe our inspiration to Francesco di Bernardone, an affluent young merchant from the Italian town of Assisi, who in 1206 renounced his wealth and social status in favor of a life dedicated to God and the least of God’s people. Soon, other men and women joined him to begin a vast movement of Gospel renewal within the medieval Church.

Although St. Francis of Assisi began his life of penance as a hermit, devoting himself to prayer, working among lepers and rebuilding churches in the Assisi area, other men were soon attracted to his company. By 1209, there were 12 brothers, and so they approached Pope Innocent III to gain approval of their way of life “according to the Holy Gospel.” The Order of Lesser Brothers (ordo fratrum minorum) — now formally known as the Order of Friars Minor — had begun.

The Gospel life of the Friars Minor, as Francis describes in our Rule, has four central components: first, to be men of prayer, “desiring above all things to have the Spirit of the Lord and its holy operation;” second, to live as lesser ones, “not making anything our own,” but serving the Lord in poverty and humility; third, to create a brotherhood of mutual care among ourselves, “showing we are members of the same family;” and fourth, to “go about the world” entering people’s everyday lives as heralds of God’s reign and agents of Gospel peace.

A history of the Franciscan presence in the US can be found above in the main menu.

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The Friar App

The Friar app allows you to post your prayer intention so that Franciscan friars across the country and others pray for your intention. You can also indicate that you are praying for the intentions of other people. The app also allows you to have a candle lit for your intention, or someone else’s intention, in an actual Franciscan church. More information

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