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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

4 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 :

4 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

4 months ago
National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe at Marytown

Take a look at highlights from our Fatima event hosted at Marytown over the weekend.

4 months ago
Basilica of St. Josaphat

Save the Date -- Saturday, November 11 -- Polish Dinner at the Basilica -- Join us! -- www.thebasilica.org/polishdinner

4 months ago
Saint Ita Catholic Church

Fr. Arturo inducts new members of our St. Tarcisius Altar Servers Guild.

#ChicagoCatholic #CatholicCulture #Franciscan https://t.co/a8JqLLi8MP

4 months ago
Saint Ita Catholic Church

Bing Crosby Helped Buy The Massive Organ At The Stunning St. Ita Church https://t.co/YWYVRpP6cd

5 months ago
Bing Crosby Helped Buy The Massive Organ At The Stunning St. Ita Church

The organ contains more than 4,200 pipes — only a fraction of which are big enough to be seen.

5 months ago
St. Padre Pio's Relics Tour

Padre Pio's relics come to Saint Ita! We were selected as the Chicago site for the National Tour marking the 15th Anniversary of this canonization. Veneration is from 9AM-7PM, at which point Bishop ... See more

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3 days ago

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

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2018 Marytown Lent Schedule:

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2018 Marytown Lent Schedule:

3 weeks ago
Prepare Our Hearts for Divine Mercy Sunday


This day promises to be a powerful encounter with the Merciful Heart of Christ. Participants will gain deeper and more useful insights into this powerful ... See more

The National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe at Marytown is a place of pilgrimage for the faithful and is dedicated to promoting the witness and life of St. Maximilian, a Conventual Franciscan friar ... See more

1 month ago
Bishop Robert Barron's daily Lent Reflections

Check out Bishop Robert Barron’s daily Lent reflection on our website.


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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.