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.

Tree planting rooted in his love for creation.


For Fr. Kenan Freson, who planted most of the trees you see around St. Anthony Shrine, every day is Earth Day. And Arbor Day as well. In honor of those upcoming observances (Earth Day April 22, Arbor Day the 27th), we asked Kenan how his love of nature mushroomed into a one-man mission to reshape the landscape at the Shrine by planting trees. His responses are recorded in this short video.


Approved for Postulancy

Br. Tim Lamb, OFM, Director of Vocations

Four men will join our Postulancy program in August at Holy Name College in Silver Spring, Md.

Abortion: Prayer can save lives

Br. Bill Spond, OFM

“For a while now I have been praying in the public eye at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Cincinnati, though only one morning a week. Other individuals from groups such as 40 Days for Life are doing the same.”

Franciscan Joy: What's on your bucket list?

Toni Cashnelli

We asked our Jubilarians if they have a personal goal they would like to attain – or something they’d like to accomplish, big or small. Here’s how they responded.




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



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