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.
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.
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.
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
Provincial Minister Mark Soehner responds to the racial unrest In our country.
Even though, following in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi, we decry violence and desire peace, we stand in solidarity with our outraged African American brothers and sisters who demand an end to the deadly violence of racism.
God knows what is best for His creatures, those both great and small, all those our brother Francis sang about in his Canticle of the Creatures.
CONSIDER A FUTURE
WITH THE FRIARS
Help us continue to serve the poor, care for the retired friars and our men in formation.
LET US PRAY