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!

Justice & Peace

We work to bring about justice and peace, to end violence and war, poverty and oppression, and the destruction of our planet. Please join us on our journey.



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.

O Holy Night


The Franciscan Friars of Province of St. John the Baptist wish you a Merry and Blessed Christmas.

Listen to Br. Gabriel Balassone’s beautiful rendition of O Holy Night recorded at the St. Anthony Shrine.


Justice for all - Law student sets his sights on helping the poor

His law degree in sight, Br. Michael Charron is not quite ready to relax. 

With finals behind him, Michael is a lot less stressed than he was in December. But there’s one more hurdle to clear. “I’m not going to be anything in the future if I don’t pass the bar,” he says, referring to the lengthy exam that will test his mind and his mettle – and officially make him a lawyer.

Franciscan Joy: Bringing students closer to God

Br. John Barker, OFM

I have been teaching Old Testament at Catholic Theological Union since 2012. I love it for a couple of reasons.

First, I love my students, who are going to school because they want to serve the Church – an often thankless and ill-paying goal – or because they just want to learn more about their faith and grow closer to God. Second, I love the Bible and the God I meet in the Bible, and I like to invite my students to discover this God, too.

Happiness in a new playground

Want to bring some joy to the world? Give a child a place to play. Then stand back and watch in wonder.

Dec. 13, a year after giving St. Francis Seraph School a check for playground equipment, a team from JACK Casino and other donors saw the finished product. They also saw the response from the kids: They went wild.




Help us continue to serve the poor, care for the retired friars and support our seminarians.



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