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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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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 weeks 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)

1 month 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.

2 months ago
Diocese of Parramatta

Kellyville Parish has focus on sanctity of life


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Saint Peter of Alcantara

Saint of the Day for October 26

(1499 – October 18, 1562)

Saint Peter of Alcantara’s Story

Peter was a contemporary of well-known 16th-century Spanish saints, ... See more

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Saint Antônio de Sant’Anna Galvão

Saint of the Day for October 25

(1739 – December 23, 1822)

Saint Antônio de Sant’Anna Galvão’s Story

God’s plan in a person’s life often takes ... See more

3 days ago
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Saint Anthony Mary Claret

Saint of the Day for October 24

(December 23, 1807 – October 24, 1870)

Saint Anthony Mary Claret’s Story

The “spiritual father of Cuba” was a missionary, ... See more

4 days ago
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Image: Stained glass window in the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, DC.

Saint John of Capistrano

Saint of the Day for October 23

(June 24, 1386 – October 23, 1456)

Saint John of ... See more

5 days ago
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Saint John Paul II

Saint of the Day for October 22

(May 18, 1920 – April 2, 2005)

Saint John Paul II’s Story

Open wide the doors to Christ,” urged John Paul II during the homily at the Mass ... See more

6 days ago
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Forest cleared by Bro. Don.

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Saint Hilarion

Saint of the Day for October 21

(c. 291 – 371)

Saint Hilarion’s Story

Despite his best efforts to live in prayer and solitude, today’s saint found it difficult to achieve his ... See more

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Saint Paul of the Cross

Saint of the Day for October 20

(January 3, 1694 – October 18, 1775)

Saint Paul of the Cross’ Story

Born in northern Italy in 1694, Paul Daneo lived at a time when ... See more

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Saints Isaac Jogues, Jean de Brébeuf, and Companions

Saint of the Day for October 19

(d. 1642 – 1649)

Saints Isaac Jogues, Jean de Brébeuf, and Companions’ Story

Isaac Jogues and his ... 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.