Who We Are

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. Our province is only a small part of a great movement of women and men, filled with a passion for the Gospel, keeping the spirit of St. Francis alive all over the world.

He was a saint for all times.

Why We Love Francis 

He preached peace in an era when life without war was unthinkable. He embraced the poor while others treated them with scorn. And he allied himself with nature centuries before humanity understood its connection to every living thing.

We are the Province of
St. John the Baptist

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 and inviting them to share our Franciscan spirit. Facing our future with hope, we echo Francis of Assisi who said, “Let us begin again.”

Friar Flashback

“Our faith compels us to stand with the vulnerable, including our immigrant brothers and sisters. We have done so continually, but we must show our support and solidarity now in a special way. Now is the time for action.”

Our Heritage

Help us raise awareness, prayers and financial support for the friars in Syria, who continue to celebrate Mass, provide pastoral care and offer humanitarian aid – water, medicine, food and more – in the midst of this devastating conflict.

Br. Vince Delorenzo, Br. John Barker, Provincial Minister Mark Soehner, Provincial Vicar William Farris, Fr. Bob Bruno, and Fr. Page Polk

Our

Leadership 

Provincial Minister 
Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM
Provincial Vicar 
Fr. William Farris, OFM
Provincial Councilors 
Br. John Barker, OFM
Fr. Bob Bruno, OFM
Br. Vincent Delorenzo, OFM
Fr. Page Polk, OFM

Reflections from our friars.

Friar Voices Blog

‘A sign of belonging’

“In wearing the habit I’ve always felt the call to be true to its meaning, to live as brothers, and to seek an inward conversion that we outwardly signal by wearing the habit. ” Fr. Bill Farris

Personal restructuring for Lent

As Lent approaches, Fr. Mark Soehner is reflecting on personal priorities. While U.S. friars look to form a national province, “In my own life, I am asking the question, ‘What needs restructuring?’” He suggests we develop goals that lead to renewal in this “spiritual springtime.”

 

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WITH THE FRIARS

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