What We Do
St. Francis found much joy in living the Gospel and in his day inspired thousands of men and women to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. In today’s troubled world, Franciscans continue to share the good news of God’s love in ways that we hope will inspire people of our time.
Where We Serve
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Franciscan Media, Cincinnati, Ohio
One of America’s largest publishers of popular, inspirational and educational Roman Catholic spirituality resources, Franciscan Media seeks to help Christians grow closer to God by creating inspiring and innovative multimedia products in the spirit of St. Francis, meeting individuals where they are on their personal faith journeys. Its flagship publication, St. Anthony Messenger magazine, was founded in 1893. http://www.franciscanmedia.org
Friars Club, Cincinnati, Ohio
Friars Club is a 158-year-old non-profit social service organization dedicated to serving the special needs of Cincinnati’s at-risk children through organized sports, activity, nutrition and fitness. Friars seeks to empower children at risk by helping them develop strength, stability and self-sufficiency. The new facility for Friars Club opened in September 2014, next to Roger Bacon High School. http://www.friarsclubinc.org.
Jamaica Missions: Negril and Savanna-la-mar
Mary, Gate of Heaven Catholic Church in Negril bustles with day-to-day outreach programs. St. Anthony’s Kitchen serves hot meals Monday through Friday to guests, and breakfast to children on their way to school. The Get Kids to School Programme sponsors 72 children, providing uniforms, supplies and transportation. (Phone: 876-957-4900; Fax: 876-957-4625.
St. Joseph Parish in Savanna-la-Mar, which sits quietly off the main drag of the largest town in the diocese, is blessed by the presence of take-charge lay leaders and dependable parish committees. St Joseph parish, Sav la Mar, Jamaica
Roger Bacon High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
National Shrine of St. Anthony, Cincinnati, Ohio
Opened in 1889, the Shrine remains a place of peace, hope and communion with God and nature. http://www.stanthony.org
St. Francis Retreat House, Easton, Pa.
St. Francis Seraph Ministries, Cincinnati, Ohio
St. Anthony Shrine
Who is St. Anthony?
Why do so many people have a devotion to him?
Why visit the St. Anthony Shrine?
In this video, friars, staff, and parishioners explain the appeal of the St. Anthony Shrine in Cincinnati and share stories of some of its devoted visitors.
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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.
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Find a Parish
Holy Family Parish, 3027 Pearl St. (PO Box 98), Oldenburg, IN 47036; 812-934-3013. http://holyfamilychurcholdenburgin.com/
Deeply rooted in its German heritage and in Franciscan spirituality, with a long history of service by friars and the Sisters of St. Francis.
St. Mary of the Angels Parish, 3501 North Miro St., New Orleans, LA 70117-5839; 504-945-3186. http://www.smaneworleans.org/
Socially active parish that works to empower its African American community through grassroots community activism.
St. Aloysius Parish, 1234 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226-1825; 313-237-5810. http://www.stalsdetroit.com/
Nicknamed “Everybody’s Church” because of its diverse membership and welcoming atmosphere, St. Al’s ministers to the homeless and elderly poor in the inner city through outreach programs.
Transfiguration Parish, 25231 Code Road, Southfield, MI 48033-5807; 248-356-8788. http://www.transfigsfld.org/
Formed from the merger of four parishes in 2007, Transfiguration is a vibrant community with an outreach program that feeds 500 families monthly.
Holy Name Parish 2448 Auburn Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219-2799, 513-721-5608
holynamemtauburn.com Holy Name parish originated in 1904 to accommodate those Catholics who resided in Cincinnati’s oldest suburb, Mt. Auburn. The present Holy Name Church was built and consecrated in 1951.
St. Anthony Shrine, 5000 Colerain Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223-1213; 513-541-21146. https://www.stanthony.org/
A spiritual refuge for pilgrims who since 1889 have come here for daily prayer, contemplation and the weekly novena to St. Anthony.
Video of the Shrine by History in Your Own Backyard
St. Clement Parish, 4536 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45217-1695; 513-641-2257. http://www.stclementcincinnati.org/
Close-knit community of parishioners from all walks of life, staffed by friars since its founding in 1850.
Video of St. Clement by History in Your Own Backyard
St. Francis Seraph Parish, 1615 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202-6400; 513-535-2719.
Occupies “Franciscan Corner,” site where the first friars from Austria settled in 1844. Its diverse, tight-knit congregation focuses on serving the poor in Over-the-Rhine, one of the city’s neediest neighborhoods.
Video of St. Francis Seraph by History in Your Own Backyard
St. Monica-St. George Parish/Newman Center, 328 W. McMillan St., Cincinnati, OH 45219-1224; 513-381-6400. http://smsgparishonline.co/
Vibrant, socially committed congregation formed by the 1993 union of two historic parishes, enlivened by the participation of college students from the University of Cincinnati.
Video of St. Monica-St. George by History in Your Own Backyard
Mary Gate of Heaven Parish, Norman Manley Boulevard, PO Box 2564, Negril, Westmoreland Jamaica WI. 876-957-4900.
St. Joseph Parish, 20 Lewis St., PO Box 66, Savanna-la-mar, Westmoreland, Jamaica WI; 876-955-2648.
our work in action
Ministry & Mission
It was a classic wake, with relatives speaking fondly and openly about a friar prized for his gifts, his quirks and his faithfulness. Asked to share memories of Br. Steve Richter at his March 27 funeral, many family members weighed in, eager to talk about a man they agreed was “a character”.
“We often just miss the present moment. Contemplative prayer is opening us up to the grace and good and love that’s happening in the present moment. The past is gone and the future isn’t here yet. All we have is this present moment and we often miss it,” says Br. Mark Ligett.
You’d never know it to look at him, but Fr. Hilarion Kistner just turned 90. March 31, parishioners at St. Stephen Church in Cincinnati, where Hilarion has helped out for years, surprised him with a birthday celebration. See how they spilled the beans during Mass.
CONSIDER A FUTURE
WITH THE FRIARS
Help us continue to serve the poor, care for the retired friars and support our seminarians.
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