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
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...read more
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 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]hile in Africa this...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. [dropcap]E[/dropcap]ach year, I’m...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 new...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
Latest Franciscans News
The University cannot be self-referential, rather it must become a real and virtual place capable of putting together the experiences of the different cultures of the world: this is the spirit with which a cooperation agreement was signed on languages for a new...read more
Posted on 27 Oct, 2016 in news COMPI promotes the “XXXII Conference for Formation and Studies,” in S. Maria degli Angeli, at Casa Leonori, Via Giosuè Borsi (Tel. 075 8044682 Fax 075 8044666, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.casaleonori.com) from November 21 to 24, 2016,...read more
10/25/2016 0 Comments With the rise of extremism across the Middle East and North Africa, Christians and Muslims around the world are facing a media narrative that pits both communities against one another. Franciscan Action Network has partnered with the Muslim film...read more
FRIAR WILLIAM SHORT, OFM FUNERAL HOMILYFOR BROTHER JOHN DAVID VAUGHNST. BARBARA CHURCHOLD MISSION SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIAOCTOBER 21, 2016Br. Minister General Michael, Br. Provincial Minister David and former Provincials, Nephews of Fr. John and family Members, my...read more
Posted on 24 Oct, 2016 in news There was a gathering of the Provincial Ministers of South and North Slavic Conference on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, in the Friary of Br. Ante Antić in Split, Trstenik. It was chaired by Br Ivan Sesar, OFM, the General Definitor. The...read more
Posted on 22 Oct, 2016 in JPIC Since last October 5, a group of young protesters occupies the Bolivar Plaza, in what is being called the “camp by the peace,” that has set itself up in Center of Bogota. In said camp, University personnel prepare activities and events...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.