Franciscan Friars of the United States of America
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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
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
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Posted on 16 Aug, 2016 in news Franciscan week in VeniceStudy Programs at the Franciscan International Study Centre, Canterbury12th Ongoing Formation Course on Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue in IstanbulSymposium on “Spirituality and Identity” in Graz,...read more
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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis made a private pilgrimage on Thursday to the Italian town of Assisi and spoke about the importance of forgiveness, saying only the path of forgiveness can truly renew the Church and the world. He lamented that “too many people are caught...read more
8/2/2016 1 Comment BURLINGTON, WISCONSIN – Seven friars brought their year of novitiate to a close by making their First Profession of Vows on Tuesday, August 2 at the Interprovincial Novitiate here. Professing the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience for...read more
Posted on 2 Aug, 2016 in news 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...read more
The 8th centenary of the Pardon of Assisi (the Portiuncula Indulgence) has begun. Br. Raniero Cantalamessa, OFMCap, led a Triduum in preparation for the feast from 29th to 31st July, and on August 1st Br. Michael A. Perry presided at morning Mass to open the...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.