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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

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Saint Ita Catholic Church

Over 100 people were her to pray with Bishops Kane and Miller for Catholic/Lutheran Unity

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Basilica of St. Josaphat

Wonderful sold-out concert with Eric Whitacre last night at the Basilica. It's great to have so many people from near and far coming to the Basilica seeking inspiration and peace. Thanks to all who ... See more

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Basilica of St. Josaphat

The next Soup & Session will be Monday, March 27 – "The Man Born Blind" with Fr. Paul Langevin, OFM Conv. – Soup at 6; Session at 7. – Join us in the Undercroft! ... See more

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Conventual Franciscans Australia

Welcome to the Conventual Franciscans Australia Page where we will share our life as followers of Our Lord Jesus in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi

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The Franciscan Shrine of the Holy Innocents

Today Bishop Vincent joined the friars at the Franciscan Shrine of the Holy Innocents for a day of fellowship & assembly

2 weeks ago
Photos from Conventual Franciscans - SB Province's post

Br. Jim O'Brien, OFM Conv. was privileged to be a lector for the Holy Mass celebrated by Cardinal Parolin at Our Lady's shrine in Lourdes, France. For decades Br. Jim, who teaches nursing at Madonna ... See more

1 month ago
Saint Anthony of Padua - The friars of the Basilica

A new webcam for the Basilica is being added to the two currently in use over St. Anthony's Tomb and the Main Altar. This third webcam will cover the square facing the Basilica, and will enable us to ... See more

1 month ago
Basilica of St. Josaphat

Thank you to Christopher Berry and members of the Basilica Choir for helping us kick off the capital campaign of the St. Josaphat Basilica Foundation this morning. -- Check out the special bus ... See more

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Lazarus

Saint of the Day for March 27

Lazarus’ Story

Lazarus, the friend of Jesus, the brother of Martha and Mary, was the one of whom the Jews said, “See how much he loved him.” In their ... See more

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Blessed Didacus Joseph of Cadiz

Another Saint of the Day for March 24

Blessed Didacus Joseph of Cadiz’s Story

Born in Cadiz, Spain, and christened Joseph Francis, the youth spent much of his ... See more

2 days ago
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Annunciation of the Lord

Saint of the Day for March 25

The Story of the Annunciation of the Lord

The feast of the Annunciation, now recognized as a solemnity, was first celebrated in the fourth or ... See more

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

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3 days ago
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Saint Catherine of Genoa

Saint of the Day for March 26

(1447 – September 15, 1510)

Saint Catherine of Genoa’s story

Going to confession one day was the turning point of Catherine’s ... See more

4 days ago
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Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo

Saint of the Day for March 23

(November 16, 1538 – March 23, 1606)

Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo’s Story

Together with Rose of Lima, Turibius is the first known ... See more

5 days ago
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Saint Nicholas Owen

Saint of the Day for March 22

(? – 1606)

Saint Nicholas Owen’s Story

Nicholas, familiarly known as “Little John,” was small in stature but big in the esteem of his ... See more

6 days ago
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Blessed John of Parma

Saint of the Day for March 21

(1209–1289)

Blessed John of Parma’s Story

The seventh general minister of the Franciscan Order, John was known for his attempts to bring ... 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.