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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.

Province News

2 weeks ago
Conventual Franciscans Australia

From April 30- May 4 the friars of the St. Bonaventure Province in Chicago, which includes the Conventual Franciscans from Australia gathered in their 4 yearly Provincial Chapter. Among the elected ... See more

1 month ago
Peoria Holy Family Crusaders

Pre-School had a special visitor in the Atrium today! Thank you Father Giles for spending the hour with them and sharing your wisdom.

1 month ago
Conventual Franciscan Postulancy USA

The Postulants attended the closing of St Thomas of Canterbury's 100th anniversary year long celebration. The liturgy was celebrated in the many languages and cultures of the parish community ... See more

1 month ago
Saint Ita Catholic Church

Congratulations and thank you for your service to our neighborhood!

#Edgewater #Uptown #Andersonville https://t.co/jdp52rbGEX

1 month ago
National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe at Marytown

Register here: https://kolbeshrine-org.sites.ecatholic.com/answer-your-call-in-the-new-evangelization-retreat

1 month ago
Basilica of St. Josaphat

Happy Easter! Alleluia! He is risen!

6 months ago
The Basilica of St. Josaphat Polish Dinner

Syrena loves participating in this annual event at one of Milwaukee's most beautiful Polish churches! Learn more at :

7 months ago
Saint Ita Catholic Church

Africa Awareness Month Continues: Br. Joe Schenk on African Refugee Resettlement last night.
Next Monday @ 7:30: Dr. Kevin Hunt on Uganda https://t.co/VgAY9LtDsQ

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1 month ago

Wishing you and yours a Happy Easter from all of us here at The National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe!

2 months ago

Register here: https://kolbeshrine-org.sites.ecatholic.com/answer-your-call-in-the-new-evangelization-retreat

2 months ago

3 months ago

2018 Marytown Lent Schedule:

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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.