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.”

Become a Friar

Vocation Director Br. Tim Lamb, OFM can help answer your questions about the Franciscan way of life. Join us today!

Names Posted

The Franciscan Friars of St. John the Baptist Province have posted a list of members and former members with substantiated child sexual abuse allegations.



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.

Fast, Pray, Give


Br. Al Mascia, OFM, is our host for the Lenten presentations, Our Journey through Lent, shared by our Franciscan friars in the Michigan friaries.

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Comeback stories

After the initial shock of the pandemic shutdown, the sponsored ministries of St. John the Baptist Province began to re-imagine the future. Confronting limitations and embracing opportunities, they are finding a way forward.

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20 years in Jamaica

Twenty years ago, four friars were asked, “Are you willing to serve as missioners in the Church of Montego Bay, Jamaica?” They answered, “We are.”
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Investiture of novices

SJB Novices Philip McCarter and Brian Menezes were among 10 men who were invested with the Habit of the Order of Friars Minor on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Old Mission Santa Barbara in California.




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