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  The construction of the Chapel at the Holy Cross Retreat Center in Mesilla Park, New M...

Former Minister Provincial from California Takes Well Deserved Sabbatical

    Friar Christopher Deitz was the Minister Provincial of St. Joseph of Cupertino Pro...

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Vocation Director Attends Matthew Kelly Talk in Louisville, Kentucky

      Friar John Bamman and his friend Brad recently attended a talk by Matthew Ke...

Postulants Pray with Archbishop Blase J Cupich of Chicago

  Not long ago, Father Blase J Cupich became the ninth Archbishop of Chicago. The entire...

  • New Chapel at Holy Cross Retreat Center in Mesilla Park, New Mexico is Nearing Completion

    Monday, 17 November 2014 15:41
  • Former Minister Provincial from California Takes Well Deserved Sabbatical

    Tuesday, 18 November 2014 16:22
  • We Are All Interdependent

    Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:28
  • Vocation Director Attends Matthew Kelly Talk in Louisville, Kentucky

    Thursday, 20 November 2014 19:37
  • Postulants Pray with Archbishop Blase J Cupich of Chicago

    Monday, 24 November 2014 14:52

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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 Religious Priesthood 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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