did you know

Staffed by friars, St. Aloysius in Detroit is famousfor noonday Masses launched during Lent in 1916.

Diversity earned it the nickname, “Everybody’sChurch”.

friar facts
The communal dining hall of the friars.

      Gray, gray, gray days! That’s the way winter seem to me in the Midwest. It’s like a Tupperware bowl is placed over the area so that everything is uniformly gray.
      However, every once in a while a streak of sunshine sneaks through the clouds to give us a glimpse of what is to come. It just grabs my attention and I feel compelled to notice it.  Typically, in Cincinnati somewhere in late January or February, we get a break from winter and have a day of spring. A full day of sunshine, fluffy clouds and blue skies can really make a difference. It lets me know that winter won’t last forever.
     In my own life sometimes I get bogged down with work, problems, meetings, preoccupations that dray me even lower. But, there’s always something to be grateful for.  If I look hard enough I can always find something positive.
     This past week I discovered that I “wrote” over all 800-plus pictures that I took on a trip to Ireland with a silly birthday party. I had promised a disc of pictures to everyone on the pilgrimage and I was really feeling bad.  Even though I lost some great pictures, I saved myself hours of time processing the pictures, selecting the best, duplicating them and sending them out. Now, I just have to eat humble pie and admit my blunder.  I’ll definitely be more careful in the future.
      So, in spite of the gray days of winter, hopefully all of us can find a bit of sunshine.

--Fr. Frank Jasper, OFM
Vicar Provincial

Inspired by the life of St. Francis
The 170 friars of St. John the Baptist Province (SJB) are members of the Order of Friars Minor, a Franciscan brotherhood inspired by the 13th-century example of St. Francis of Assisi. We serve the Catholic Church as brothers and priests, devoting our lives to the search for God in a communal life of poverty, prayer, and service to others.
Globally, the Order is divided into geographic areas known as "provinces." Most of the Friars from SJB province, which has its headquarters in Cincinnati, live and work in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Texas and Jamaica. Others serve in New Mexico, Arizona, Missouri and Washington, D.C. Individual friars presently minister around the world in Kenya, Japan and the Philippines.
We serve as parish and campus ministers; as hospital, military and prison chaplains; as counselors; as educators and administrators in high schools, colleges and our formation program; as preachers and retreat directors in evangelization efforts; as directors of anti-poverty programs; as skilled craftsmen and in support services; as writers and communicators; and as missionaries—all ways of spreading the Good News.