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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 days ago
Marytown - The National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe

Ad multos annos, Deacon Tom!

Family and friends honored Deacon Tom Gaida following the 11:00 AM Mass.
Tom was ordained 2 weeks ago for the Archdiocese of Chicago and is assigned to Marytown.

4 days ago
Conventual Franciscan Friars in Kenya

Last fulfillments before ordination. Profession of Faith and Oath. We wish them God's blessings.

6 days ago
Marytown - The National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe

Congratulations to our dear Br. Martin! Your love of God, devotion to the Blessed Mother, and solid witness to religious life is an inspiration to us all.

"Friends and Friars gather to celebrate 65 years of Marytown Memories with Brother Martin Schmitz, OFM Conv."

1 week ago
St Joseph's Church

St. Joseph's Catholic Church, located in the heart of Springvale, is ministered by the Conventual Franciscan Friars.

1 week ago
Saint Ita Catholic Church

We began a Knights of Columbus @KofC council! Another info night on 6/1 and then we are rolling.

#ChicagoCatholic #KnightsOfColumbus https://t.co/s3OxXTc4eS

1 month ago
Saint Ita Church on Twitter

“Over 100 attended Stations of the Cross and Penance service with confessions in English, Spanish and Polish. #CatholicChicago #Lent2017”

1 month ago
Saint Ita Catholic Church

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

#CatholicChicago #Lent2017 #ChristianUnity https://t.co/uxaZniHdKn

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

Please take a look at Marytown's weekly Monitor for News and Events.

1 week ago

"Friends and Friars gather to celebrate 65 years of Marytown Memories with Brother Martin Schmitz, OFM Conv."

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

Pictures from the Ordination of Deacon for Thomas A Gaida at Holy Name Cathedral May 13th.

1 week ago
Timeline Photos

Our Lady of Fatima

Saint of the Day for May 13

The Story of Our Lady of Fatima

Between May 13 and October 13, 1917, three Portuguese children–Francisco and Jacinta Marto and their cousin Lucia ... See more

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

Please take a look at Marytown's weekly Monitor for News and Events.

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

Please take a look at Marytown's weekly Monitor for News and Events.

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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.