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The Conventual followers of Francis chose to minister in the heart of the city rather than in more remote hermitages; they banded together in concentrated communities rather than wandering as itinerant preachers.

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St Anthony of Padua relics visit Springvale parish

Media and Communications Office As part of their 2017 visit to Melbourne, this morning in Springvale the relics of St Anthony of Padua were offered for veneration by the faithful at the regular ... See more

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Conventual Franciscans Vietnam Mission

For the Feast of St. Anthony, the student friars invited all the poor from their neighborhood to the Friary. They picked them all up on motor bikes and helped them into the friary. After Celebrating ... See more

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St Joseph's Church

kindly provided by Mr. Tran Duc Chinh

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Marytown - The National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe

Saint Anthony of Padua

Saint of the Day for June 13

(1195 – June 13,1231)

Saint Anthony of Padua’s Story

The gospel call to leave everything and follow Christ was the rule of Anthony’s ... See more

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Milwaukee Police Department

Yesterday evening Archbishop Jerome Listecki of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, celebrated a Mass for Law Enforcement at the Basilica of St. Josaphat on Milwaukee's near southside.

Community members ... See more

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New St. Joseph's Church, Springvale | Franciscan Friars Australia

On the 10th June, 2017, the Conventual Franciscan Friars in Australia and the Parish of St. Joseph's Springvale, VIC, were very excited to welcome Most Rev. Den...

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Farewell to Brother Joseph Wood | Franciscan Friars Australia

It has been announced that our Provincial Delegate for Australia, Br. Joseph Wood OFM Conv. has been assigned to a new position as the Novice Director for the E...

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Marytown - The National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe

Ad multos annos, Deacon Tom!

Family and friends honored Deacon Tom Gaida following the 11:00 AM Mass.
Tom was ordained 2 weeks ago for the Archdiocese of Chicago and is assigned to Marytown.

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Conventual Franciscan Friars in Kenya

Last fulfillments before ordination. Profession of Faith and Oath. We wish them God's blessings.

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Marytown - The National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe

Congratulations to our dear Br. Martin! Your love of God, devotion to the Blessed Mother, and solid witness to religious life is an inspiration to us all.

"Friends and Friars gather to celebrate 65 years of Marytown Memories with Brother Martin Schmitz, OFM Conv."

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Photos from Marytown - The National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe's post

Floral displays Fr. Lawrence created for Pentecost!

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Timeline Photos

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Saint of the Day for June 24

Saint John the Baptist’s Story

Jesus called John the greatest of all those who had preceded him: “I tell you, ... See more

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Photos from Marytown - The National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe's post

Please take a look at Marytown's weekly Monitor for News and Events and Changes in our Daily Mass Schedule.

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Timeline Photos

SOLEMNITY OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus goes back at least to the 11th century, but through the 16th century, it remained a private devotion, often tied to ... See more

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Photos from Marytown - The National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe's post

Book signing with Fr. Kubicki at the Gift Shop at the Eucharistic Conference

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Timeline Photos

Preparing for the Corpus Christi Procession on this beautiful Sunday.

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The Historical Origin of the Feast of CORPUS CHRISTI

This Feast of the Sacred Body of Our Divine Lord is celebrated in the Latin Church on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday to solemnly commemorate ... See more

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The official title of our branch of the Franciscan Order is Friars Minor Conventual. We are known as Greyfriars in Britain, the Commonwealth and Ireland, Cordeliers (cord bearers) in French-speaking countries, Minoriten (minors) in countries where German is spoken, or simply as Franciscans in most other parts of the world.

The friars harmonized in choir and fashioned splendid pipe organs for the cathedrals of Europe. We collaborated with Palestrina, commissioned Vivaldi, improved the fingering technique of Mozart. We scanned the stars with Galileo, tutored Dante and Lorenzo de Medici, developed mathematical theorems with Leonardo da Vinci. We shared responsibility with Bramante in the construction of Saint Peter’s Basilica, reformed the Roman Curia, and instituted the Swiss Guard.

In more recent years, the Conventual friars have established the International Franciscan Centre for Inter-Religious Dialogue in Assisi, restructured the primary educational system of Switzerland, created halfway homes for troubled youth and rehabilitation centers for the chemically dependent in the United States and Italy. We have built low-income housing for the poor in India, apartment complexes for the handicapped in Canada. We have constructed hydro-electric plants and improved education, health care, and agricultural productivity in many countries of Africa. The friars in Asia have built orphanages and day-care centers for children, nursing homes for the elderly, retreat houses for the spiritually needy, and tailoring schools for the jobless. We have pioneered the behavioral science of handwriting analysis, and established centers for peace and justice at the United Nations and in many countries.