Mission Statement
Franciscan Fire
Living and proclaiming the Gospel
   is our goal. We do so:
as brothers to each other
   and to the world;
Living with and for the poor;
Promoting justice, peace and
   the care of creation.
Working with all women and men
   of good will;
Inviting them to share
   our Franciscan spirit.
Facing our future with hope,
   we echo
Francis of Assisi who said,
   "Let us begin again."

Congratulations to Br. Michael Charron, OFM (far left) and Br. Colin King, OFM (far right)from Br. Adam Farkas, OFM, and Provincial Minister Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM
Homilist Fr. Bonaventure Bai, OFM
Br. Michael with his father, Robert Charron
Br. Colin with his parents, Tunney and Norah King
Br. Roger Lopez, OFM, guides the helpers who almost stole the show.
Fr. Dan Anderson, OFM, holds open the Book of Life for Br. Colin


Provincial Minister Jeff Scheeler, OFM, leads the service.
Vocations Director Fr. Don Miller, OFM
Postulant John Boissy
Postulants Jonathon Douglas and Trevor Blum
Associate Director Fr. Frank Geers, OFM, and Director of Postulants Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM, pray with postulants Trevor Blum, Carlo Shivel, and Thomas Murphy
Fr. Humbert Moster, OFM, and Fr. Joe Ricchini, OFM
Postulant Thomas Murphy gets a welcome hug from Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM
Director of Postulants Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM, Trevor Blum, Carlo Shivell, Provincial Minister Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM, Thomas Murphy, John Boissy, Jonathon Douglas, and Associate Director of Postulants Fr. Frank Geers, OFM


The Yip's Children's Choir from Hong Kong


Focusing on the future: SJB friars in the conference room at St. Meinrad
St Meinrad Archabbey
Fr. Jeff Scheeler with Minister General Br. Michael Perry and General Visitor Francisco Ó Conaire
Fr. Joe Hund, OFM, in from Namibia with his guest Ashley Tillek, OFM, his guest from South Africa.
Custos Yusuf Bagh asked SJB friars to consider ministry in Pakistan
Br. Chris Meyer, OFM, kept technology on track throughout Chapter
Fr. Greg Friedman, OFM, works on Facebook and Twitter
Fr. Frank Geers, OFM, at prayer
Br. Bob Lucero, OFM, pauses in the hallway for a picture
Br. Ed Gura, OFM, and Br. Marcel Groth, OFM
Br. Phil Robinette, OFM, helps Fr. Bert Heise, OFM get to a meeting.
Fr. Pat McCloskey, OFM, tallies votes
Watching the votes add up for Provincial Minister
Fr. Francisco Ó Conaire, OFM, swears in the newly re-elected Provincial Minister Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM
Br. Eric Seguin, OFM, in the conference room
Fr. Humbert Moster, OFM
Fr. David Kobak, OFM, enjoys some quiet time
A stroll on a windy day
Br. David Crank, OFM, on the grounds of St. Meinrad
Minister General Br. Michael Perry, OFM, holds a hand-made quilt
Fr. Francisco Ó Conaire, OFM, tries on a gift from Custos Yusuf Bagh
Homilist Fr. Murray Bodo, OFM, at the Jubilee Mass
Fr. Greg Petri, OFM
Br. Cliff Hennings, OFM, and Br. Colin King, OFM
Fr. Cyprian Berens, OFM, waits for Mass outside the chapel
Fr. Larry Dunham, OFM, from the Monastery of the Holy Land
Fr. Rock Travnikar, OFM, came in from Tampa, Florida
Fr. Dennis Bosse, OFM, came up from New Orleans
Postulant Nick Thorvaldsen at the Jubilee Mass with Sr. Luisa Bayate, OSC
Br. John Barker, OFM, Fr. Bob Bruno, OFM, and Br. Colin King, OFM, take a break
Fr. Paul Desch, OFM, focuses on the Lord's Prayer
The newly elected council: Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM, Provincial Minister Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM, Provincial Vicar Fr. Frank Jasper, OFM, Br. Vince Delorenzo, OFM, Fr. Alex Katz, OFM, Fr. Page Polk, OFM, and General Visitor Fr. Francisco Ó Conaire, OFM, of the El Salvador Province


Students and teachers from St. Francis Seraph School gather in the friars' dining hall for donuts and juice to power up for walking in the parade.
Br. Gene Mayer, OFM, visits with Bart Eckerle whose son Adrian will ride in the parade with the friars.
Students from St. Francis Seraph school
School principal, Mr. Halsey Mabry with students
Gang of friars - L to R: Fr. John Bok, Fr. Blane Grein, Fr. Frank Jasper, Br. Kenn Beetz, Br. Gene Mayer, Fr. Al Hirt, Fr. Jeff Scheeler, and Br. Tim Sucher
Roger Bacon's Dance team waits for the parade to begin at Findlay Market
Art Teacher Cedric Michael Cox inspired his students to create the church and banners promoting the Franciscan charism of peace and community.
Fr. John Bok, OFM, and Fr. Blane Grein, OFM
Adrian Eckerle dons his own friar's habit
The 'friars' of Christian Moerlein Brewing Co.
Thanks to the Cincinnati Catholic Cemetery Society for providing and driving the truck float.
Loud cheers from students of St. Francis Seraph school and employees of Franciscan Media and SJB Province as they watch the parade.
School principal Halsey Mabry waves to the crowd with Bubs Kindt and Br. Tim Sucher
Friars Br. Kenn Beetz, Fr. Jeff Scheeler, Fr. Al Hirt, and Br. Gene Mayer take turns carrying the banner
Roger Bacon High School Band
Thank you to good friend Mr. Steve Cobb of Cobb's Car Care Center who chauffeured friars in his Yellow 1930 Ford Model A Roadster
High stepping Roger Bacon Band
A beautiful day for the Reds Opening Day Parade.
A huge thanks to Colleen Cushard, Co-Director of Friar Works, for making it all happen.
All smiles as we end the day and ride back to the friary.


A Bishop in the making!
Dinner after the Mass
A delicious dinner was catered by Michael's Italian Feast.
The children's choir sold rosaries to further their fundraising for their upcoming trip


Fr. Bernardin Schneider, OFM, and Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM
Fr. Harold Geers, OFM, has served in the Philippines for over 40 years.  He and Fr. Jeff are in San Agustin Church.
Fr. Jeff and Fr. Reynaldo (Rey) Legaya enjoy the view from the balcony in San Agusto Church
Fr. Jeff with the postulants of St. Anthony of Padua Custody in Cebu.
Vicar Fr. Celito and Provincial Fr. Greg of the Province of San Pedro Bautista
Fr. Felix Jungo, OFM, Custos of St. Anthony of Padua Custody and Fr. Jeff
Br. Gus Fraszczak, OFM
Br. Roger Covero, OFM, and Fr. Jeff
The postulants of San Pedro Bautista Province
Fr. Jeff and Fr. Bertram Tiemeyer, OFM
Fr. Elgar Nadon, OFM, and Fr. Jeff
Fr. Miki Murakami, OFM, Provincial of Japan


Br. Bernard Jennings, OFM, guides filler string through the center of the cord machine, where it's bound with strands of bleached cotton.
Friar Hermenegild Eilermann devised a contraption to free novices from the tedious, time-consuming task of making cords by hand.
One of Br. Bernard's paintings and some of the nativity figures he collects
Br. Bernard organizes cord in preparation for mailing.
Yards and yards of cord
Br. Norbert Bertram, OFM, may soon be turning out cords at the Interprovincial Novitiate in Burlington, WI.  Left to right: Dennis Schafer, Norbert Bertram and Ralph Parthie


June Rossiter, Br. Bill Spond, OFM, and Tim Gould working at Sophia's Offerings at Angels Kitchen at St. Joseph's
Council member Fr. Bill Farris, OFM, makes a point with Fr. Neri Greskoviak, OFM, and Fr. Gregg Petri, OFM.
Br. Xavier Gedeon, OFM
Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM, and Fr. Luis Aponte-Merced, OFM, offer the body and blood of Christ at Sacred Heart Church.
One of the many beautiful stained glass windows at St. Joseph Church


Fr. Gil Wohler, OFM, and Br. Dominic Lococo, OFM, find a friend in Santa.
Bishop Binzer joined us on Black (Brown) Friday.
Br. Michael Radomski, OFM, greets visitors.
Contemplating the Baby Jesus
Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM, and Br. Al Mascia, OFM
A father and his sons take a break from the hectic holiday shopping.
Fr. Murray Bodo, OFM, and Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM, offer cookies to passers by.
We were featured in the New York Times!  Fr. Dan Anderson, OFM, Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM, Times writer Samuel Freedman, and Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM
Maddie McGarvey shot photos for the New York Times article.
Fr. Francisco O'Conaire from Ireland offers cookies to a young visitor.
A child writes a prayer request.
Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM, welcomes a couple of visitors to 'Advent with the Franciscans'.


Br. Tim Sucher, OFM, Guardian of St. Francis Seraph friary talks with Channel 9.
Brew Master Richard Dube and Greg Hardman, President and CEO of Christian Moerlein explain the process to Br. Tim Sucher, OFM, and Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM.
Br. Tim blesses the first batch of Emancipator Doppelbock with Brew Master Richard Dube
Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM, and Brew Master Richard Dube
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company


Is it real or is it cardboard?  Fr. Bob Lucero, OFM, Postulant Nick Thorvaldsen and Fr. Don Miller, OFM with Pope Francis.
Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM, and a guy with a fake miter.
Br. Richard Goodin, OFM, and Br. Roger Lopez, OFM
Postulant Nick Thorvaldsen models Sponge Bob Square Pants pants as Fr. Don Miller, OFM, looks on.
Br. Michael Charron, OFM, left and Br. Roger Lopez, OFM, mingle with the crowd.
Br. Roger Lopez, OFM, with convention goers.
Postulants Nick Thorvaldsen and Jeremiah Sauber at the SJB friar's booth.


Br. Norbert Bertram, OFM, Br. Gene Mayer, OFM, and Fr. Al Hirt, OFM
Mr. David O'Brien and Fr. John Bok, OFM
Fr. Dan Anderson, OFM
Br. Mark Gehret, OFM, and Fr. Bill Farris, OFM
Fr. Max Langenderfer, OFM
Fr. Jim Bok, OFM, Fr. Al Hirt, OFM, and Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM
Fr. Francis Wendling, OFM
Provincial Nurse Ann Spaeth
Fr. John Stein, OFM
Br. Ed Demyanovich, OFM
Br. Tim Sucher, OFM
Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM
Br. Richard Goodin, OFM, and Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM
Br. Vince Delorenzo, OFM, addresses the crowd.
Br. Mike Dubec, OFM, Fr. Loren Connell, OFM, and Br. Dan Barrett, OFM
Fr. Don Miller, OFM


Friars Board Chair Mike Besl addressed the crowd as  Provincial Minister Jeff Scheeler, OFM, and Council Liaison Kenan Freson, OFM, donned hard hats to be part of a ground-breaking crew yesterday at the site of the new athletic facility to be shared by Friars Club and Roger Bacon High School.
On the right, Executive Director Annie Timmons, "the heart of the organization"
Cold and rain couldn't keep away the many Roger Bacon students who attended the ground-breaking.
Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM, dons a hard hat as he studies one of the drawings for the new facility.
Sketch of the 37,000-square-foot Friar's Club at Roger Bacon slated to open its doors in June, 2014.
Fr. Tom Speier, OFM, is shielded from the rain.
Friars and friends show their support despite the cold and rain.


Nose to nose - Fr. Ric Schneider, OFM, and canine friend
Fr. Robert Seay, OFM, of St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Lafayette, LA blesses a peaceful dove.
All smiles for the owners of this rabbit at St. Francis Retreat House in Easton, PA.
Students came out in droves with their pets.
Fr. Dennet Jung, OFM, at the St. Francis Retreat House
Pretty in pink
Keeping the peace


Br. Clifford Hennings, OFM
Br. Cliff with his family: father Karl, mother Susan, brothers Kyle and Seth
Fr. Mark Gehret, OFM, carries the San Damiano cross.
Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM, kneels at the altar as Br. Cliff lies prostrate.
Br. Cliff receives a blessing from Fr. Jeff as Br. William Estrellanes, OFM, and Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM, look on.
Br. Cliff and Fr. Jeff
Among the communion ministers are formation friends Joshua Van Cleef, Tim Tran with wife Christine, and Galen Osby with wife Darcy.
Signing the book


Br. Richard Goodin, OFM, with his father, Rick before the ordination.
Br. Richard with Br. Gene Mayer, OFM, Bishop Charles C. Thompson, and Fr. Dan Anderson, OFM
Br. Richard lies prostrate.  Kneeling: Br. Gene Mayer, OFM, Bishop Charles C. Thompson, and Provincial Minister Fr. Jeffrey Scheeler, OFM
Bishop Thompson blesses Richard as Fr. Jeff looks on
Bishop Thompson congratulates his former parishioner.
Fr. Dan Anderson, OFM, with Deacon Richard Goodin as he prepares the altar.
Richard's family prays the Lord's Prayer.
Deacon Richard Goodin, OFM, and Bishop Charles C. Thompson
Deacon Richard signs the book after ordination.
Deacon Richard with his parents, Rick and Judy Goodin


First profession is a life-changing moment.
Br. Will adjusts his cord.
Formator Fr. Henry Beck, OFM
Blessings upon the newly professed friars.
Provincial Minister Fr. Jeffrey Scheeler, OFM, and Br. William Estrellanes, OFM
A congratulatory hug from Fr. Carl Langenderfer, OFM
Tom Washburn visits with Provincial Ministers.


Bishop Ronald Gainer presides at Mass
Singers set the tone for the centennial Mass.
Pastor Fr. Mike Chowning, OFM, with Connie Kotzbauer whose husband Bob was deacon for the Mass.
Parishioner Bill Melton, dressed as Rock Travnikar, describes Mother of Good Counsel Church as "small and loving."
Fr. Roger de la Rosa, SJ, was a Jesuit volunteer in 1992.  He been back to visit 19 times!  "It's a very welcoming community.  I consider Mother of Good Counsel my home parish.  That's why I stayed connected."
Bishop Ronald Gainer and Br. Vincent Delorenzo, OFM


Br. William Estrellanes, OFM, Br. Richard Goodin, OFM, Br. Adam Calder, OFM, and Br. Roger Lopez, OFM, make their way to the All Province Assembly in Dayton, Ohio.
Fr. Joe Ricchini, OFM, enjoys the ride.
Br. John Barker, OFM, gives flowers a finishing touch.
Provincial Minister Fr. Jeffrey Scheeler, OFM, gave the opening remarks.
Fr. Dominic Monti, OFM, of Holy Name Province addresses the friars.
Fr. Murray Bodo, OFM, Fr. Robert Seay, OFM, Visitor Fr. Francisco O'Conaire, OFM, and Postulant Zachary Bischler
Fr. Joe Rigali, OFM, and Br. Adam Farkas, OFM
Br. Philip Wilhelm, OFM, and Fr. Henry Beck, OFM
Br. Ed Gura, OFM, (seated) speaks with Fr. Matthias Crehan, OFM
Fr. Jack Wintz, OFM, and Br. Michael Radomski, OFM
Fr. Bonaventure Bai, OFM, and Br. Colin King, OFM
Fr. David Moczulski, OFM, and Postulant Zach Bischler, OFM, before Mass
Br. Mark Gehret, OFM, Br. Kenn Beetz, OFM, and Br. Jerry Beetz, OFM, accompany Fr. Greg Friedman, OFM
Fr. Bryant Hausfield, OFM, Fr. Neri Greskoviak, OFM, and Fr. Dennet Jung, OFM
Br. Adam Farkas, OFM, Br. Brian Maloney, OFM, Br. Vince Delorenzo, OFM, Fr. David Kohut, OFM, Fr. Larry Zurek, OFM, Postulant Ramon Castellone, Br. Josef Anderlohr, OFM, Postulant Zack Bischler, and Fr. Charlie Smiech, OFM,   outside on a sunny day
Br. Andrew Stettler, OFM, and Br. Dan Barrett, OFM
Br. Colin King, OFM, Br. Roger Lopez, and Br. Adam Calder, OFM, relax at the end of the day.
Presenters in the Fish Bowl opened up about their lives as friars.
Fr. Robert Seay, OFM, shares his story.
Fr. Bonaventure Bai, OFM, in the Fish Bowl.
Br. Al Mascia, OFM, tapped to be a "Listener" gave his report in the form of a song.
Legally blind Fr. John Flajole, OFM, takes notes on the talk.
Missionary Br. Tom Gerchak, OFM, shared a table with Fr. Warren Zeisler, OFM.
"I asked the question, 'Why me?'  I come with enthusiasm and I'm delighted to be here," said General Visitor Francisco O'Conaire.
Fr. Dominic Monti, OFM, of Holy Name Province explained how history repeats itself.
Br. William Estrellanes, OFM, and Fr. Gil Wohler, OFM
Fr. Joe Ricchini, OFM, Fr. Murray Bodo, OFM, and Br. Adam Farkas, OFM, between sessions
Fr. Maynard Tetreault, OFM, Fr. Ed Lammert, OFM, and Fr. Ric Schneider, OFM
Missionary Fr. Joe Hund, OFM
Fr. Dominic Monti, OFM, of Holy Nave Province and Missionary Fr. Max Langenderfer, OFM
Missionary Fr. Jim Bok, OFM, was asked to be part of a video project.
Br. Bob Lucero, OFM, Fr. Neri Greskoviak, OFM, and Fr. Manuel Viera, OFM, discuss the day's events.
Fr. Alex Kratz, OFM
Fr. Paul Walsman, OFM, Fr. Bob Bruno, OFM, and Fr. Joachim Lux, OFM
Br. Richard Goodin, OFM, and Br. Norbert Bertram, OFM
A break-time discussion with Br. Adam Farkas, OFM, Br. Marcel Groth, OFM, Fr. Paul Desch, OFM, and Fr. Warren Zeisler, OFM
Fr. Charlie Smiech, OFM, Fr. Frank Geers, OFM, Fr. Robert Seay, OFM, and Fr. Tony Walter, OFM, take Scrabble seriously.
Fr. E.J. Stein, OFM, Br. Michael Charron, OFM, and Postulant Ramon Castellon stake out a quiet spot on campus.
Fr. Larry Zurek, OFM, in the role of listener outside the Virginia Kettering Hall at University of Dayton.
Provincial Minister Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM, celebrates the Jubilee Mass at University of Dayton's Immaculate Conception Chapel.
A stroll down memory lane at the Jubilee dinner.


Sr. Dianne Short, OSC (right), at the Solemn Profession of Sr. Mary Agnes Shayo, OSC, in Canton, Ohio
Fr. Charlie Smiech, OFM, and Br. Tim Lamb, OFM, at CTU in Chicago
Ace employee Br. Ed Demyanovick, OFM, at Miller Hardware in Northhampton, PA
Fr. John Joseph Gonchar, OFM, at the funeral of Fr. William Reisteter, OFM
Br. Roger Lopez, OFM, Br. Richard Goodin, OFM, and Br. John Barker, OFM, at breakfast in Chicago
Fr. Jeremy Harrington, OFM, Fr. Bonaventure Bai, OFM, and Fr. Larry Dunham, OFM, in Washington, D.C.
Fr. Dennet Jung, OFM, Fr. Miles Pfalzer, OFM, and Br. Norbert Bertram, OFM, in Easton, PA, for the funeral of Fr. Bill Reisteter, OFM
Students support donor Fr. Ric Schneider, OFM, during a blood drive in BLoomington, Illinois.


Easter Greetings from St. Mary of the Angels Parish in New Orleans
Fr. Joe Rigali, OFM, Tom Dehmer, Fr. Gil Wohler, OFM, and Br. Dominic Lococo, OFM following Fr. Noel William's funeral in Cincinnati.
Fr. Loren Connell, OFM, and Fr. Tod Laverty, OFM, in Detroit
Fr. Robert Seay, OFM, gives Fr. Bill Farris, OFM, and the rest of the Provincial Council a tour of Holy Family School in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Fr. Tom Richstatter, OFM, and Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM, in Tell City, Indiana.
Postulant Ramon Castellon at Lake Lorelei during a retreat with formators.
In Hazard, Kentucky, Fr. Mike Chowning, OFM, baptizes dad Dustin and his son Lincoln at the Easter Vigil.
Br. Vince Delorenzo, OFM, Fr. Blane Grein, OFM, and Br. Ed Gura, OFM, in Detroit
Fr. Larry Zurek, OFM, holding Abraham, helped raise more than $40,000 for the care of twin preemies in Peoria.
At the diocesan offices in Tucson, Arizona, Bishop Gerald Kicanan, Fr. Manuel Viera, OFM, and Chancellor Kathy Rhinehart
Fr. Paul Walsman, OFM, and Br. Bill Spirks, OFM, in Alamogordo, New Mexico
Fr. Francis Wendling, OFM, celebrates Mass at Our Lady of the Angels Friary in Ava, Missouri.


'Butterfly Show' by Fr. Greg Friedman, OFM, won 1st prize.
'Wisconsin Winter' Br. Kevin Schroeder, OFM, was awarded second prize
'Tropical Rainbow' by Fr. Jim Bok, OFM, was awarded 3rd place
'Wild Turkeys' by Fr. Kenon Freson, OFM, Honorable Mention
'God's Night Light' by Fr. Bryant Hausfeld, OFM, Honorable Mention
'Snow Trees' by Br. Scott Obrecht, OFM, Honorable Mention
'Sea of Galilee' by Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM, Honorable Mention
'Colorado River Horseshoe' by Fr. Dennis Bosse, OFM, Honorable Mention
'Fiery Furnace' by Fr. Carl Langenderfer, OFM, Honorable Mention


Br. Tim Sucher, OFM, donning a Reds' tatoo on his forehead
Look close - that's Fr. Greg Friedman, OFM, waving to the camera.
Br. Gene Mayer, OFM
Roger Bacon High School Marching Band
Fr. Frank Jasper, OFM
Fr. Jack Wintz, OFM


First Station: Jesus Is Condemned to Die
Second Station: Jesus Accepts the Cross
Third Station: Jesus Falls the First Time
Fourth Station: Jesus Meets His Mother
Fifth Station: Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry the Cross
Sixth Station: Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus
Seventh Station: Jesus Falls the Second Time
Eighth Station: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
Ninth Station: Jesus Falls the Third Time
Tenth Station: Jesus Is Stripped of His Garments
Eleventh Station: Jesus Is Nailed to the Cross
Twelfth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross
Thirteenth Station: Jesus Is Taken From the Cross
Fourteenth Station: Jesus Is Laid in the Tomb


Fr. Fred Link, OFM, and Fr. Carl Langenderfer, OFM, with Rita and bob Quinn whose children were in the music department.
Mass in the school library (serving is Charlie Hire.)
Fr. Fred enjoys the choir.
Fr. Fred with former student Geralyn Hagenbush
Fr. Fred with some of his former students.
Fr. Fred directing the Minstrels during halftime at the basketball game.


Franciscan friars Fr.Bernard Younas, OFM, Br. Tom Gerchak, OFM, Fr. Max Langenderfer, OFM, Br. Louis Zant, OFM, and Fr. Jim Bok, OFM.
Jamaican school children received candy treats from Fr. Bernard Younas, OFM.
Fr. Bernard Younas, OFM, leaves candy in his wake.
Fr. Max Langenderfer, OFM, points out an ailing banana plant in Savanna-la-Mar.
When the teacher couldn't come, Fr. Jim Bok, OFM, took over a Sunday school class in Negril.
A secluded spot near the shore.
J.B. recently adopted by the friars in Negril.


How a foot of snow looks on the driveway of the Interprovincial Novitiate.
A snowy statue welcomes guests.
The hardy postulants, novices, and formators of SJB Province
A nearby barn beautiful by snow
There's no such thing as a snow day off in Burlington.
A snow-shrouded evergreen framed by a window
It was a good snow for making angels.


Br. Colin King, OFM, and Br. Richard Goodin, OFM, helping out at a parishioner's home.
Fr. Jim Bok, OFM, introducing students to ministry (Br. Colin King, OFM, on the right)
Helping out at St. Anthony's Kitchen
University of Illinois college student Maricela with two children at St. Anthony's Kitchen.
The group is ready to hit the road.
College volunteer Ned holds Dominic during a break from work.
Br. Colin King, OFM, is jolly St. Nick at the St. Anthony Soup Kitchen


Fr. Robert Seay, OFM, in speaking of the Porziuncola, "It seemed appropriate for the 'Year of Faith' since "this is where Francis' faith was increased.""


Minister General Fr. Jose Caballo, OFM, greets all the Provincial Councils from the United States.
Fr. Bill Farris, OFM, Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM, Br. Mike Dubec, OFM, and Br. Vince Delorenzo, OFM, at a discussion round-table.
Br. Norbert Bertram, OFM, presents Minister General Jose Caballo with a San Damiano Cross with Fr. Ralph Parthie, OFM, General Definitor Francis Walter, OFM, and Vicar General Michael Perry, OFM.
Minister General Jose Caballo, OFM, and Novice Josh Froning, OFM
All of the Provincial Councils and Novices of the United States pose with the Curia from Rome.


Fr. David Kohut, OFM, portrays St. Nicholas.
Br. Tim Sucher, OFM, and Fr. Howard Hudepohl, OFM
Fr. Bill Farris, OFM, and Fr. Tony Walter, OFM
Fr. Joel Byrne, OFM, and Br. Dominic Lococo, OFM
St. Nick addresses the crowd.
Br. Bob Lucero, OFM, laughs with postulants Ramon Bischler and Zach Castellon.
Joyful Fraternity


Roger Bacon President Fr. Bill Farris, OFM, on hand to welcome guests
Science teacher (and part-time magician) Joe Mueller shows off the lab.
In the library Kevin Dihn explains how students use the iPad in class.
Roger Bacon students Conor Judge and Ben Bruns join Br. Chris Cahill, OFM, in talking with visitors.
Katie Combs with friend "Bones."
Cheerleaders Saidah Gaiter and Alyssa Baney tell visitors about their program.
Everyone's an artist!



Fr. Greg Friedman, OFM, gave the homily.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Br. David Crank, OFM, Fr. Don Miller, OFM, and Br. Vince Delorenzo, OFM
The Dominicans join us for the celebration.
The Great Hall is filled with friendship.


Br. Tim Sucher, OFM, and Fr. Carl Hawver, OFM, greet Fr. Noel William, OFM, to the Transitus.
Nick Thorvaldsen with postulants Zachary Bischler and Ramon Castellon in the chapel.
Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM, gave the homily.
The Poor Clares with candles.


Fr. Bob Weakley, OFM, follows Archbishop Naumann in the procession.
Fr. Francis Wendling, OFM, and Fr. Bob Weakley, OFM, at the closing of the celebratory Mass.
Honored guests including Fr. Bob Weakley, OFM, and Fr. Francis Wendling, OFM,listen to the Youth Choir.  Second from the right is Sr. Marie Brinkman, SCL, sister of the late Fr. John Vianney Brinkman, OFM.
Terri Sturm and Chuck and Nancy Frazier share a laugh with Fr. Bob Weakley, OFM.


Br. Roger with his mother Carlotta before the ceremony
Preparing for the procession: the view from the balcony at St. Clement Church
Fr. Ed Shea, OFM, of Sacred Heart Province leads the congregation in song.
Br. Roger with his family
Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM, gives an inspiring homily
Br. Roger answers the call.
The Franciscan contingent
Br. Roger, "As I would listen to each invocation I just said 'Amen.'"
Prayers and a blessing for Br. Roger
Br. William Gibson, OFM, looks on as Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM, congratulates the newly professed friar.
Fr. Paul Desch, OFM, welcomes Br. Roger with a hug.
Br. Roger Lopez, OFM, signs The Book of Life.
Ken and Jennifer Santos drove in from Idaho with son Cale.
Br. Roger with students and faculty from Roger Bacon Hign School.


A life of peace and joy.
Sr. Doris Gerke, OSC
Sr. Dianne Short, OSC
Fr. Jeffrey Scheeler, OFM
Friends Barb Perry and Gerri Deller bring forward the gifts.
Sing unto the Lord!
"Peace be with you!" Sr. Rita, Sr. Ann, Sr. Teresa and Sr. Pia.
Abbess Sr. Anna Marie Covely, OSC, addresses the crowd.
Sr. Vickie Griner, OSC, Sr. Luisa Bayate, OSC, Sr. Pia Malaborbor, OSC, Sr. Teresa (visiting from another community in South Korea), Sr. Rita Cheong, OSC, Sr. Ann Bartko, OSC, Sr. Dianne Short, OSC, Sr. Doris Gerke, OSC, and Abbess Sr. Anna Marie Covely, OSC


The ever joyful Fr. Fred Link, OFM
St. Clement Church, where Fr. Fred is pastor, is filled with parishioners, friends, and family.
Provincial Minister Jeffrey Scheeler, OFM, and Fr. Fred perform the Rite of Sprinkling to remind us of our Baptism in Christ.
Parish children bring the bread and wine to the altar.
Fr. Fred places his hands in Fr. Jeff's to renew this vows while Br. Vince Delorenzo, OFM, assists.
O Happy Day!


Fr. John Bok, OFM, celebrates Mass at St. Patrick Church, one of five churches that joined to form Holy Family Parish.
Fr. John is greeted after Mass with happy faces.
Fr. John with his brother, Fr. Jim Bok, OFM, who travelled to Galveston from Jamaica for the celebration.
Fr. John with niece Nancy and sister Mary.
A young friend creates some 'Jubilee Artwork' on the tablecloth.
Fr. Maynard Tetreault, OFM, Associate Pastor of Holy Family Parish at the reception.
One of many parishioners of Holy Family who waited in line to express their gratitude and love for Fr. John.
Br. Colin King, OFM, sums it up!


A great day of celebration! L - R: Br. Adam Calder, OFM, Br. Michael Charron, OFM, Sr.Janet Schneider, CDP, Fr. Rock Travnikar, OFM, Fr. Mike Chowning, OFM, Ms. Pat Riestenberg, Br. Jerry Beetz, OFM,Bishop of Lexington Ronald Gainer, Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM, Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Br. Vince Delorenzo, OFM, Br. Ed Gura, OFM, Fr. Cyprian Berens, OFM, and Br. Mike Dubec, OFM
Bishop Ronald Gainer presided at the Mass.
SJB Provincial Minister Fr. Jeffrey Scheeler, OFM, gave the homily.
A wall of photos (all 17 friars who have served over the 50 years) and memories & wisdom parishioners learned from the friars over the years.
Becky Davidson, Debra Combs, and Maria Hall cook up a party.
Home-made desserts. Yum!
John Mayhall from Louisville plays the hammered dulcimer.
Joe and Sandi Angel: "It's been a real blessing."
Pastoral Associate Ms. Pat Riestenberg leads the crowd in a light-hearted song  written especially for today's celebration to the tune of 'Roll Out the Barrel'
Becky Davidson made wonderful clay likenesses of Fr. Mike Chowning, OFM, Br. Mike Dubec, OFM, and Br. Ed. Gura, OFM.
Fr. Mike Chowning, OFM, with his 'Mini Me'
Fr. Cyprian Berens, OFM, and Br. Ed Gura, OFM, visit on the front steps.
Br. Michael Charron, OFM, Br. Adam Calder, OFM, catch up with Fr. Rock Travnikar, OFM, "The Barefoot Pastor"
Current Pastoral Associate Pat Riestenberg with former Pastoral Associate Sr. Janet Schneider, CDP



Fr. Blane Grein, OFM, 50 years as a Franciscan priest
Br. Michael Radomski, OFM, with parishioners Ed and Ruthie Hunter. Ruthie, a co-planner of the celebration, says of Fr. Blane, "He's the backbone of the community."
Maryknoll priest Fr. Joe Thaler (second from left), joined by Our Lady of Guadalupe Province friars Gil Schneider, OFM, Gordon Boykin, OFM, Bart Wolf, OFM, Chris Kerstiens, OFM, and Larry Schrieder, OFM
Fr. Blane presides at Mass with the help of Navajo deacons.
Navajo dancers prepare to dance at the Jubilee.
The dining hall was packed with friends and family while clowns floated above their heads and lined the walls. Fr. Blane has collected clowns since 1976. "It's hard to take yourself seriously when you walk into a room and see clowns all around."
A plaque with a long list of accomplishments is presented to Fr. Blane by the Honorable Johnny Naize, Speaker of the 22nd Navajo Nation Council.
Fr. Blane says thanks with help from the Master of Ceremonies, a rainbow-head clown.
Br. Michael Radomski, OFM, helped make a giant 50 for the wall.
Lillie Nez, one of the co-planners of the Jubilee
Fr. Blane's nephew Joe Grein and his wife, Terri
OLG friar Michael Haag, OFM, and Fr. Dennis Bosse, OFM
Fr. Blane with Fr. Frank Geers, OFM, at the reception the night before the Jubilee.


Provincial Minister Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM, introduces Bishop Joseph Binzer to the staff and friars.
A delicious lunch of metts and brats.
Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM, gives Bishop Binzer a mitre handmade by Fr. Manuel Viera, OFM.
Bishop Joseph Binzer models his new mitre.


Fr. Richard Portasik, OFM, preaching at his 60th Jubilee Mass and celebration at Holy Family Friary in Pittsburgh.
Fr. Richard Portasik, OFM, visits with friends at the reception.


Br. Ed Gura, OFM, tackles a project with one of the other volunteers from Mother of Good Counsel Parish.
Homeowner Mary, with granddaughter, Amber (in wheelchair) and sister Edith pose by their home with Br. Ed and the volunteers from Mother of Good Counsel.



Br. Al Mascia, OFM,unveils the new means of transport for Song and Spirit.


St. Monica - St. George, a splendid setting for a Jubilee.
Postulant Jeff Schmitz escorts Jubilarian Fr. Noel William, OFM, to the front of the church.
Jubilarian Br. Giovanni Reid, OFM
Jubilarian Fr. Fred Link, OFM, reads the Gospel.
Br. Roger Lopez, OFM, assists Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM
Provincial Minister Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM, presides at the Jubilee Mass.
Vocation Director Fr. Don Miller, OFM, with two young men inquiring about the Franciscan way of life with Br. Richard Goodin, OFM, Br. Cliff Hennings and Br. Adam Calder
Fr. John Bok, OFM, and Sr. Diane Short, OSC
Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM, congratulates Jubilarina Fr. Noel William, OFM, while Jubilarian Br. Allan Schmitz look on.
Anne Westermann provided music for the reception and dinner.
At the dinner, Jubilarians Br. David Crank, OFM, Fr. Noel William, and Br. Allan Schmitz
Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM, congratulates Fr. Gil Wohler, OFM
Br. Joseph Haley, OFM, and Br. Richard Goodin, OFM
Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM, congratulates Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM
Jubilarian Fr. Gil Wohler
Br. Gabriel Bassalone, OFM, and Novice Br. Adam Farkas
Fr. Francis Wendling, OFM, Pakistani visitor Fr. Victor John, OFM, Fr. Murray Bodo, OFM, Br. Tim Sucher, OFM, Fr. Bernard Younas, OFM, from Jamaica, and Fr. Cyprian Berens, OFM
Jubilarians Fr. John Turnbull, OFM, and Fr. Hilarion Kistner, OFM, and Novice William Gibson
"He's the man," Fr. Cyprian Berens, OFM, is obviously saying of Fr. Valens Waldschmidt, OFM