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.

Latest News on US Franciscans

US Franciscans Call for Gun Reform

The provincials of US Franciscans issue a statement calling for gun reform. May the Lord give you peace! This is the traditional greeting of St. Francis of Assisi, one that has been adopted over the eight centuries of the Franciscan Order by its members. It signals...

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#FriarFriday — Thoughts, Prayers AND Actions

Friar Tom Washburn, OFM, is a friar of the Immaculate Conception Province and directs the work of the English-Speaking Conference of Provincial Ministers. He lives in New Bedford, Mass. Visit his blog at: In the wake of last Saturday’s...

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#FriarFriday — On Jubilee, and Being “That Old Guy”

This week’s #FriarFriday reflection was written by Br. Michael Surufka, OFM, the vocation for the Province of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mike lives Franklin, Wisc. On Jubilee, and Being “That Old Guy” Years ago as a Postulant, in the first...

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Four Friars Have Died

 Four Franciscan friars have died in the last month. Here are their stories. Please remember them in your prayers. Alex Manville, OFM Without doubt, Friar Alexander was a truly memorable friar, not just because of his height but because of his trust in teaching and...

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Get the Latest Franciscan News by Email

The US Franciscans website reports OFM Franciscan news happening around the U.S. In addition, the website carries the news published by both the English-Speaking Conference of the Order of Friars Minor and the General Curia in Rome. You can now subscribe to this news...

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John Doctor Receives Honorary Doctorate

QUINCY, Ill. — Friar John Doctor, OFM, was awarded the degree of Honorary Doctor of Divinity during the Quincy University 153rd Commencement on May 15. John is a 1972 alumnus of QU and has served as the Vice President of Mission and Ministry at Quincy University...

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Latest Franciscans News

Comunicato of the General Definitory July 2016

  The Tempo Forte of July 2016 ran from 4th to 15th July. It coincided with the assembly of the Foundation of St. Francis of Assisi, in Russia and Kazakhstan, which was held in the General Curia. This allowed the brothers of the Foundation to meet with the Minister...

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Study Guide on the Care of Creation

  The resource booklet which you are about to read is likewise an exhortation to be open to the world around us, to listen attentively to all those creatures who inhabit this little planet, our common home. It arises from an urgent concern that the Cry of the Earth...

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Schedule of Pope Francis’ Pilgrimage at the Portiuncula

Posted on 20 Jul, 2016 in news   On 4 August 2016, Pope Francis will make a pilgrimage to the Portiuncula. Three moments will mark the pilgrimage: a personal prayer in the Portiuncula, a reflection, and a meeting with the friars of the Portiuncula’s infirmary....

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Franciscan Village at WYD 2016

Posted on 15 Jul, 2016 in OFS   The Franciscan Village is the place in Krakow where we want to invite everyone who is interested in the Franciscan spirituality, for a time of praying together, the time to talk, to enjoy being together and to have fun and to have the...

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Feast of St. Clare 2016: Letter of the Minister General

  Dearest Sisters,May the Lord give you peace!Every year as August approaches, I begin to wonder what our Father Francis wants me to say to you, whom he loved to call the Poor Ladies. He was never eager to preach to you, as you know, because he had confidence in your...

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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

To get the app, scan one of the QR codes below using your smart phone or click on one of the QR codes to be taken to the appropriate App Store.


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