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.

Friar Ministry

Some friars, like Fr. Roger Lopez, OFM, teach in high schools, forming the next generation of Catholic Christians. This “day in the life” video follows him as he balances life as an educator and priest, living in a prayerful community of Franciscans.

Friar Flashback

The arrival of Tyrolese friar Wilhelm (William) Unterthiner in 1844, had a seismic impact on the Catholic Church in Cincinnati and on the course of Franciscan life in the United States.

Our Heritage

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



Provincial Minister 
Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM
Provincial Vicar 
Fr. William Farris, OFM
Provincial Councilors 
Br. John Barker, OFM
Fr. Bob Bruno, OFM
Br. Vincent Delorenzo, OFM
Fr. Page Polk, OFM

Reflections from our friars.

Friar Voices Blog

Let freedom ring!

Let freedom ring!

In this video, the friars of St. John the Baptist Province remind us that our aspiration can become the inspiration for a better tomorrow.




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