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. Our province is only a small part of a great movement of women and men, filled with a passion for the Gospel, keeping the spirit of St. Francis alive all over the world.
He was a saint for all times.
Why We Love Francis
He preached peace in an era when life without war was unthinkable. He embraced the poor while others treated them with scorn. And he allied himself with nature centuries before humanity understood its connection to every living thing.
We are the Province of
St. John the Baptist
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.”
It takes courage to stand up to an armed enemy, to champion an unpopular cause, to practice your religion when it pits you against the party in power. Fr. Sigfrid Schneider faced persecution, prison, and clear and present danger.
In 1844, a call to aid immigrants took friars 4,700 miles from their home in the Tyrolean Alps to a frontier city on the Ohio River. There they laid the foundations for the wide-ranging ministries of St. John the Baptist Province.
Br. Vince Delorenzo, Br. John Barker, Provincial Minister Mark Soehner, Provincial Vicar William Farris, Fr. Bob Bruno, and Fr. Page Polk
Reflections from our friars.
Friar Voices Blog
Br. Mark Ligett remembers his history with Br. Bernie Jennings and the cord making machines in 1967.
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the moon while Michael Collins flew Columbia on a lunar orbit. We asked our friars their memories of that historic event.
Fr. Tom Speier shares his brother-in-law’s personal story of landing on Utah Beach in the Normandy invasion of 1944.
CONSIDER A FUTURE
WITH THE FRIARS
Help us continue to serve the poor, care for the retired friars and support our seminarians.
LET US PRAY