Franciscan Friars of the United States of America
Latest News on US Franciscans
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...read more
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: afriarslife.blogspot.com. In the wake of last Saturday’s...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
Latest Franciscans News
The Portiuncula Indulgence and the Jubilee Year of Mercy Two important events are marked during 2016: the anniversary of the date traditionally associated with the granting of the Portiuncula Indulgence, which was inspired by St. Francis’ wish that “everyone be...read more
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....read more
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...read more
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...read more
Dear young Franciscans all over the world, may the Lord give you peace! Our Seraphic Brother Saint Francis showed himself to be a true lover of God’s mercy. Finding himself deeply loved by the “Father of Mercies” (Cf. 2 COR 1.3) while still in his youth, the poor...read more
On 11 July 2016, before the beginning of the centenary year of the Pardon of Assisi, a Gathering for Reconciliation and Forgiveness of all the Franciscan Families of the Umbrian region was celebrated at the Portiuncola. This event is part of the Frati francescani in...read more
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.