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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 weeks 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

1 month ago
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

1 month ago
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

1 month ago
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

1 month 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

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Featured Video

1 hour ago
Timeline Photos

Photos from Sacred Heart Shrine. Time to walk the Green carpet.

1 day ago
Timeline Photos

Saint Pedro de San José Betancur

Saint of the Day for April 26

(March 19, 1626 – April 25, 1667)

Saint Pedro de San José Betancur’s Story

Central America claimed its first saint with the ... See more

2 days ago
Timeline Photos

Saint of the Day for April 25

(? – c. April 25, 68)

Saint Mark’s Story

Most of what we know about Mark comes directly from the New Testament. He is usually identified with the Mark of Acts ... See more

3 days ago
Marytown Memories with Br. Martin Schmitz,OFM,CONV.

Please RSVP before May 3rd

3 days ago
Timeline Photos

Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen

Saint of the Day for April 24

(1577 – April 24, 1622)

Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen’s Story

If a poor man needed some clothing, Fidelis would often give the man ... See more

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

Take a look at Marytown's Weekly Monitor for News and Upcoming Events.

6 days ago
Timeline Photos

Saint Anselm

(1033 – April 21, 1109)

Saint Anselm’s Story

Indifferent toward religion as a young man, Anselm became one of the Church’s greatest theologians and leaders. He received the ... 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.