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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 months ago
Saint Ita Catholic Church

The friars in action-- including Fr. Michael working all day in the Polish booth...Smacznego!

#ChicagoCatholic #Franciscan #Edgewater https://t.co/39Z2dP1uwI

2 months ago
Saint Ita Catholic Church

More scenes from Taste of Summer. https://t.co/5RFTvAp9Vb

2 months ago
The world’s youngest Catholic Bishop ordained in Lviv (UPDATED)

On June 21, In the Latin Metropolitan Basilica in Lviv, the nomineebishop Edward Kava was ordained as a bishop, on May 13 he was appointed by Pope Francis as Assistant Bishop of the Lviv Archdiocese ... See more

2 months ago
The Franciscan Shrine of the Holy Innocents

We now have a bell in the new St. Michael the Archangel Shrine and Bell Tower.

3 months ago
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

3 months ago
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

3 months ago
St Joseph's Church

kindly provided by Mr. Tran Duc Chinh

3 months ago
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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Featured Video

17 hours ago
#KolbeFacts: The Man He Saved

#DYK: Franciszek Gajowniczek lived another 53 years after his life was spared by St. Maximilian Kolbe.

5 days ago
Photos from National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe at Marytown's post

Today we celebrate our humble beginnings.
✅ 69 years ago, Marytown USA was founded in Crystal Lake, IL.
✅ Today, we are the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe.
✅ Our campus in ... See more

6 days ago
Kolbe Quote: Exaltation of the Holy Cross

"The cross is the school of love."
Perfect #KolbeQuote for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross!

1 week ago
#KolbeFacts: St. Max's Childhood

St. Max was given the name Raymond at birth; he chose the name Maximilian in his teens before professing his first vows as a franciscan.
#KolbeFacts

1 week ago
Timeline Photos

#DYK: Our priceless monstrance was regilded in Nov. 2016.
Thanks again to all whose generosity has helped make it a worthy vessel to house Our Lord in perpetual adoration, 24 hours a day, seven days ... See more

1 week ago
Blue Mass: Prayer for those who provide public safety

Kolbe Shrine Blue Masses:
✅ Monday, Sept. 11 - 12 Noon
✅ Monday, Sept. 11 - 7 PM

Join us to honor law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedic and emergency personnel, and active military ... See more

1 week ago
Kolbe Quote: Nativity of the Virgin Mary (Sept. 8)

"If anyone does not wish to have Mary Immaculate for his Mother,
he will not have Christ for his Brother."
#KolbeQuotes

1 week ago
Kolbe Quote: A Single Act of Love

"A single act of love makes the soul return to life."
In the spirit of St. Max, how can you love today?
#KolbeQuotes

2 weeks ago
#KolbeFacts: St. Teresa of Calcutta

#DYK: St. Teresa & St. Max both distributed Miraculous Medals by the hundreds?

2 weeks ago
Labor Day Schedule 2017

Take note of our schedule for Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 4):
☑️ Mass at 9am only
☑️ NO Mass at 6:45am or 12pm
☑️ NO Confessions or Evening Devotions
☑️ Gift Shop + Offices closed

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Call to register for the “Come & See” retreat you wish to take part in. All Catholic single male inquirers between the ages of 18 – 40 must have a phone interview or have a prior visit with the vocation director before coming to these retreats. There is no cost for these “Come & See” experiences.

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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.