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.”

Friar Flashback

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.

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

Franciscan Joy: What’s on your bucket list?

On Memorial Day, 17 friars will be honored in Cincinnati at a celebration of their anniversaries in religious life. We asked our Jubilarians if they have a personal goal they would like to attain – or something they’d like to accomplish, big or small. Here’s how they responded.




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