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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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Saint Ita Catholic Church

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

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Saint Ita Catholic Church

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

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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

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The Franciscan Shrine of the Holy Innocents

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

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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

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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

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St Joseph's Church

kindly provided by Mr. Tran Duc Chinh

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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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Saint Pius X

Saint of the Day for August 21

(June 2, 1835 – August 20, 1914)

Saint Pius X’s Story

Pope Pius X is perhaps best remembered for his encouragement of the frequent reception of ... See more

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Saint John Eudes

Saint of the Day for August 19

(November 14, 1601 – August 19, 1680)

Saint John Eudes’ Story

How little we know where God’s grace will lead. Born on a farm in northern ... See more

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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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United Way of Lake County

From bookshelves to canopy tents, we want to thank Marytown - The National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe​ for donating supplies to our Better Together program at Greenbay Elementary School and ... See more

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United Way of Lake County

From bookshelves to canopy tents, we want to #thank Marytown - The National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe for donating supplies to our Better Together program at Greenbay Elementary School and other ... 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.