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.

Watch all three videos here.


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Prayers for the world

Since last spring, prayer requests submitted to the Poor Clares in Cincinnati have surged. Despite its challenges, the pandemic has left the sisters with an overwhelming sense of gratitude for each other, for their way of life, for the ministry of prayer they have been given by God.

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Pioneering missionary

He wasn’t the only heroic missionary to the Southwest from St. John the Baptist Province. But given the ailments that plagued him for years, what Fr. Anselm Weber accomplished on behalf of the people he served for 23 years is remarkable. One hundred years after the death of the man known as “The Apostle to the Navajo”, we recall the many reasons why he should be remembered.

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Looking beyond the longest Lent

“I am looking forward to the blossoming of a new time, a springtime that promotes and reverences the connections between cultures, faith, and different experiences of being human,” writes Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM.




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