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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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1 day 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 day 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

2 months ago
Conventual Franciscans

Encounter at Sydney Parish Leads Young Man to Find the Franciscans (www.franciscans.org/en/home-en/126-slideshow/1429-encounter-at-sydney-parish-leads-young-man-to-find-the-franciscans).

3 months ago
'Ghettoside' Friar Compares Chicago Murders To L.A.: 'A Disregard For Life'

Chicago's Jim Reiter, a member of the Franciscan Order, was featured in the book "Ghettoside."

4 months ago
Photos from Conventual Franciscans - SB Province's post

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

4 months 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)

5 months 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.

6 months ago
Diocese of Parramatta

Kellyville Parish has focus on sanctity of life


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Saint Polycarp

Saint of the Day for February 23

(c. 69 – c. 155)

Saint Polycarp’s Story

Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, disciple of Saint John the Apostle and friend of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, ... See more

1 day ago
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Chair of Saint Peter

Saint of the Day for February 22

The Story of the Chair of Saint Peter

This feast commemorates Christ’s choosing Peter to sit in his place as the servant-authority of the ... See more

2 days ago
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Saint Peter Damian

Saint of the Day for February 21

(988 – February 22, 1072)

Saint Peter Damian’s Story

Maybe because he was orphaned and had been treated shabbily by one of his brothers, ... See more

4 days ago
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Saint Conrad of Piacenza

Saint Conrad of Piacenza | Giovanni LanfrancoImage: Saint Conrad Confalonieri | Giovanni Lanfranco.

Saint Conrad of Piacenza

Saint of the Day for February 19

(c. 1290 – ... See more

5 days ago
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Blessed John of Fiesole

Saint of the Day for February 18

(1387 – February 18, 1455)

Blessed John of Fiesole’s Story

The patron of Christian artists was born around 1400 in a village ... See more

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

Marytown's Weekly Monitor for Upcoming News & Events.

6 days ago
Timeline Photos

Seven Founders of the Servite Order

Saint of the Day for February 17

Seven Founders of the Servite Order | Rosselli Matteo: Founders of the Order of Servites | Rosselli Matteo.

The Story of the ... See more

1 week ago
Timeline Photos

Saint Gilbert of Sempringham

Saint of the Day for February 16

(c. 1083 – February 4, 1189)

Saint Gilbert of Sempringham’s Story

Gilbert was born in Sempringham, England, into a wealthy ... See more

1 week ago
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Saint Claude de la Colombière

Saint of the Day for February 15

(February 2,1641 – February 15, 1682)

Saint Claude de la Colombière’s Story

This is a special day for the Jesuits, who claim ... See more

1 week ago
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Saints Cyril and Methodius

Saint of the Day for February 14

(Cyril: c. 827 – February 14, 869; Methodius: c. 815 – April 6, 884)

Saints Cyril and Methodius’ Story

Because their father was ... 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.