Justice & Peace

Eight hundred years ago St. Francis of Assisi profoundly changed the world with his message of peace, his concern for the poor and his love for all creation. Today we work to bring about justice and peace, to end violence and war, poverty and oppression, and the destruction of our planet. We hope you will join us on our journey.

A Saint’s vision for today

What Would
Francis Do?

Francis of Assisi, our founder, showed us that in order to follow Jesus and live the Gospel we must respect and care for creation, advocate for human rights, care for the poor and marginalized and be peacemakers. It is these values that motivate each and every friar to maintain a reverent attitude towards nature in such a way that they may restore it completely to its condition of brother and to its role of usefulness to all [humankind] for the glory of God the Creator. As true followers of Francis, they are to place themselves in solidarity on the side of the weak and poor and to live in this world as messengers and agents of peace and to be gentle, peaceful, unassuming, courteous and humble in their dealings with others.

Take Action

Don’t just sit there stewing about an injustice. Do something! Send an e-mail, make a phone call or write a letter to your elected officials. Here’s how.

Walking the Walk

Friar Jim Bok has spent 12 years feeding the hungry and getting kids to school in Jamaica.



Wisdom of Pope Francis

Ten Franciscans have produced a study guide to Pope Francis’ encyclical Fratelli Tutti, on social friendship and care of our common home.

Get Involved

Friars use Fratelli Tutti as a stimulus for reflection.

Care for Creation

Start them young: Here are 10 ways parents can teach kids to care about Earth Day.


“We are asked to love.”

Join Br. Chris Meyer, OFM, in prayer for the tragic mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.



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