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Today We Remember St. Clare of Assisi

This Monday, August 11, 2014, we celebrate the feast of St. Clare of Assisi. Born in Assisi, Umbri...

Spend St. Maximilian Kolbe’s Feast Day at His Shrine in Libertyville, Illinois

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In Buffalo Franciscans Profess Solemn Vows

  Last week on Wednesday August 6, 2014, Conventual Franciscan Friars Nicholas Rokitkta an...

Take a Tour of the New Holy Cross Chapel in Mesilla Park, New Mexico

  Conventual Franciscan Friar Wayne Hellmann is a theologian and professor of theological st...

  • Retreat in Honduras Brings Together Friars from Across Central America and Beyond

    Tuesday, 05 August 2014 17:12
  • Today We Remember St. Clare of Assisi

    Monday, 11 August 2014 14:17
  • Spend St. Maximilian Kolbe’s Feast Day at His Shrine in Libertyville, Illinois

    Thursday, 14 August 2014 14:44
  • In Buffalo Franciscans Profess Solemn Vows

    Friday, 15 August 2014 17:20
  • Take a Tour of the New Holy Cross Chapel in Mesilla Park, New Mexico

    Monday, 18 August 2014 18:07

Welcome

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Peace and all Good! The Conventual Franciscans are one of the three branches of the First Order of St. Francis. The word Conventual is derived from the Latin convenire, “to come together”; hence we live together in “convents” or friaries. Our Order is spread throughout the world, and includes about 4500 priests and brothers who are all commonly called Friars. There are five provinces in North America, and a jurisdiction in the UK and Ireland. We wear a black or gray habit with a simple three-knotted cord representing our Vows of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience. The Spiritual Center of the Order is in Assisi, Italy, where our Friars care for the Basilica of St. Francis, which includes his tomb. In addition, the Conventuals are the Vatican confessors at St. Peter’s Basilica. In Christ’s name, we continue the ministry of healing so fundamental to the understanding of Saint Francis.

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