A Pilgrimage to Italy to Begin the Holy Year of Mercy

A Pilgrimage to Italy to Begin the Holy Year of Mercy

Pope Francis declared that December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016 will be known as the Holy Year...

Franciscan Life is Rewarding and Fun

Franciscan Life is Rewarding and Fun

We present to you a touching video of 26 Conventual Franciscan Friars who are celebrating...

A Summer Program at the Basilica of St. Josaphat in Milwaukee Will Help Teenagers Understand The Richness and Beauty of the Catholic Mass

A Summer Program at the Basilica of St. Josaphat in Milwaukee Will Help Teenagers Understand The Richness and Beauty of the Catholic Mass

The Conventual Franciscans’ Basilica of St. Josaphat in Milwaukee, Wisconsin will hold a...

Franciscans Make a Mark on the Annual Convention of The Catholic Theological Society of America

Franciscans Make a Mark on the Annual Convention of The Catholic Theological Society of America

  The Catholic Theological Society of America recently held its annual convention in...

Assist Those Who Need Help so That in The Future They May Go on To Change The World

Assist Those Who Need Help so That in The Future They May Go on To Change The World

    Friar Allen Ramirez – one of the Conventual Franciscans in residence at Our Lady...

  • A Pilgrimage to Italy to Begin the Holy Year of Mercy

    A Pilgrimage to Italy to Begin the Holy Year of Mercy

    Tuesday, 23 June 2015 17:43
  • Franciscan Life is Rewarding and Fun

    Franciscan Life is Rewarding and Fun

    Thursday, 25 June 2015 14:58
  • A Summer Program at the Basilica of St. Josaphat in Milwaukee Will Help Teenagers Understand The Richness and Beauty of the Catholic Mass

    A Summer Program at the Basilica of St. Josaphat in Milwaukee Will Help Teenagers Understand The...

    Friday, 26 June 2015 16:45
  • Franciscans Make a Mark on the Annual Convention of The Catholic Theological Society of America

    Franciscans Make a Mark on the Annual Convention of The Catholic Theological Society of America

    Monday, 29 June 2015 14:42
  • Assist Those Who Need Help so That in The Future They May Go on To Change The World

    Assist Those Who Need Help so That in The Future They May Go on To Change The World

    Tuesday, 30 June 2015 13:56

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Peace and all Good from the Franciscan brotherhood! 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. Our Franciscan brotherhood includes four 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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