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.
Who are We?
Conventual Franciscans, meaning we are Mendicants, which is the combination of monastic life interwoven with outside ministerial activity, owning neither personal or communal property, but sharing everything in common.
Our commission by St. Francis is:
To observe the holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ by living in obedience, without anything of our own and in chastity.
Presently we do this by serving where we are needed in parishes, holy shrines, basilica’s, soup kitchens, hospitals and visiting those in nursing homes.
How do we serve?
We pray the liturgy of the hours in common and at the end lift up our daily activities and all requests for prayer.
Our service continues by being parish priests providing the sacraments, preaching and administration.
As brothers, we serve, the poor, sick, underprivileged, the homebound as well as the homeless.
We also serve as teachers, nurses, chaplains, music ministers, going out on mission appeals and being missionaries in other countries.
Interested In Becoming a Franciscan?
Call to register for the “Come & See” retreat you wish to take part in. All Catholic single male inquirers between the ages of 18 – 40 must have a phone interview or have a prior visit with the vocation director before coming to these retreats. There is no cost for these “Come & See” experiences.
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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.