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
This week’s #FriarFriday reflection was written by Friar Michael Della Penna, OFM, a Franciscan missionary originally from Boston and now running the Valley of the Angels Orphanage in Guatemala. The Kiss of Joyful Suffering While in Africa this summer, I found myself...read more
The Franciscan Friars of the United States (USFranciscans) are excited to announce the release of FRIAR App 2.0 with new features that expand the way we connect via the app. Expanded Interconnectivity In version 2.0 of the app, new features are designed to increase...read more
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. This reflection originally appeared on AmericanCatholic.org. Each year, I’m privileged to...read more
Dr. Monica Orozco Appointed Executive Director SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — For the first time in its almost 230 year history, a laywoman will oversee the Old Mission San Barbara instead of a Franciscan friar. Santa Barbara native Monica Orozco began her job as the...read more
In a first-of-its-kind effort, more than 50 communities of Franciscan priests, brothers, sisters and seculars in the United States has issued a joint message for the Jubilee Year of Mercy from the U.S. Franciscan Family. The publication of the message coincides with...read more
Friar Thomas Hartle, OFM, a resident of St. Anthony of Padua Friary in Butler, N.J., is the religious assistant for the Poor Clare Nuns of Holy Name Federation. For the last 10 years, he has conducted pilgrimages to Franciscan places in Italy, including to the...read more
Latest Franciscans News
Posted on 26 Sep, 2016 in news Techny, Illinois, 22-25 August 2016. At a gathering of the administrations of the seven U.S. Provinces at Techny Towers, the friars affirmed the process of the revitalization and restructuring of Franciscan life in the United States....read more
Posted on 23 Sep, 2016 in news The Brazilian Conference of Provincial Ministers gathered in their Assembly from the 20th to 23rd of September in Campo Largo (Curitiba). Every three years the Conference meets with the Secretariats of Formation and Studies and those...read more
Posted on 21 Sep, 2016 in news (Source: Vatican Radio) Pope Francis told those present at the closing ceremony for the World Day of Prayer for Peace gathering in Assisi, Tuesday, “we have come to Assisi as pilgrims in search of peace.” He said that, “God is calling...read more
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, USA – “Religious life ‘is not over’! It is only now beginning! Go out and announce this message of joy, hope, transfiguration and transformation!” It was with these words of enthusiasm that Br. Michael Perry, OFM, Minister General of the...read more
The Provincial Ministers, Custodes, President and Secretaries of the East Asian Conference (EAC) gathered for their Annual Meeting in Cebu City, Philippines on 5-8 September 2016 with this year’s theme, “Moving to the Peripheries as Brothers and Lesser Ones.” The...read more
Posted on 28 Aug, 2016 in news The Order of Friars Minor would like to convey a message to the victims of the earthquake which occurred in Central Italy. With deep sorrow for what happened, the Friars Minor have prayed and are praying for all the victims: for those...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.
Connect with US
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.