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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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Conventual Franciscans

Encounter at Sydney Parish Leads Young Man to Find the Franciscans (www.franciscans.org/en/home-en/126-slideshow/1429-encounter-at-sydney-parish-leads-young-man-to-find-the-franciscans).

2 months ago
'Ghettoside' Friar Compares Chicago Murders To L.A.: 'A Disregard For Life'

Chicago's Jim Reiter, a member of the Franciscan Order, was featured in the book "Ghettoside."

3 months ago
Photos from Conventual Franciscans - SB Province's post

The friars in Australia came together at their “Shrine of the Holy Innocents” at the end of September for a community retreat and assembly. The theme of the retreat followed-up on the Year of ... See more

3 months ago
Religion on Tap: Groups Combine Faith and Beer

The USA Today website features St. Josaphat Basilica as one of the Milwaukee churches gathering people to discuss faith over beer

Some religious groups are meeting over beers as a way to connect with new parishioners, people struggling with their faith or to provide a different outlet to talk about God. (Sept. 15)

4 months ago
Conventual Franciscan Postulancy USA

Celebrating the life of Fr. Francis Kiley at Little Sisters of the Poor in Palatine, IL. Postulants assisted in the funeral liturgy.

5 months ago
Diocese of Parramatta

Kellyville Parish has focus on sanctity of life


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Servant of God Juan de Padilla

Saint of the Day for January 21

Servant of God Juan de Padilla’s Story

Juan didn’t know where preaching the gospel of Jesus would lead him, but he trusted God to ... See more

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

Marytown's Weekly Monitor for Upcoming News & Events.

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Saint Sebastian

Saint of the Day for January 20

(c. 256 – January 20, 287)

Saint Sebastian’s Story

Almost nothing is historically certain about Sebastian except that he was a Roman martyr, ... See more

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Saint Fabian

Saint of the Day for January 19

(c. 200 – January 20, 250)

Saint Fabian’s Story

Fabian was a Roman layman who came into the city from his farm one day as clergy and people were ... See more

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Saint Charles of Sezze

Saint of the Day for January 18

(October 19, 1613 – January 6, 1670)

Saint Charles of Sezze’s Story

Charles thought that God was calling him to be a missionary in ... See more

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Saint Anthony of Egypt (Saint Anthony the Abbot)

Saint of the Day for January 17

(251 – 356)

Saint Anthony of Egypt’s Story

The life of Anthony will remind many people of St. Francis of ... See more

6 days ago
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Saint Berard and Companions

Saint of the Day for January 16

(d. January 16, 1220)

Saint Berard and Companions’ Story

Preaching the gospel is often dangerous work. Leaving one’s homeland and ... See more

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Saint Paul the Hermit | Jusepe de Ribera
Image: Saint Paul the Hermit | Jusepe de Ribera.

Saint Paul the Hermit

Saint of the Day for January 15

(c. 233 – c. 345)

Saint Paul the Hermit’s ... See more

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

Marytown's Weekly Monitor for Upcoming News & Events.

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Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys from British Library
Image: Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys | British Library.

Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys

Saint of the Day for January 12

(April 17, 1620 – January 12, ... 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.