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.”

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Become a Friar

Franciscans share the good news of God’s love with the world. Learn about the Franciscan way of life and the discernment process to become a friar.

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Justice & Peace

Franciscans today we work to bring about justice and peace, to end violence and war, poverty and oppression, and the destruction of our planet.

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.

Keyed with the trees!


To celebrate his birthday, Br. Al Mascia took his piano keyboard into the forests of Michigan to play, The Prelude and Fugue in C Major, by J.S. Bach with only the trees as his audience.

Stick around till the end of this A Friar Place episode to listen.


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Join us for Transitus

The Transitus, or crossing, refers to “the time of passage through death to life” Join us live or online. Get the details.

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A faithful presence in New Orleans

As Hurricane Ida approached New Orleans the weekend of Aug. 28-29, the friars at St. Mary of the Angels Parish were “waiting, watching and praying,” said Joe Hund, pastor.

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The Stigmata of St. Francis

This feast of Francis receiving the wounds of Christ has been presented in countless ways. One idea that seems strange to me is the notion that Francis received these signs as “merit badges” for living a meritorious life.




Help us continue to serve the poor, care for the retired friars and our men in formation.