Pope Francis Appoints Conventual Franciscan Friar Bishop of Lexington, Kentucky

Pope Francis Appoints Conventual Franciscan Friar Bishop of Lexington, Kentucky

Today Friar John Stowe became the third Bishop of Lexington, Kentucky. Pope Francis appointed...

In Brazil Two Friars Profess Their Solemn Vows

In Brazil Two Friars Profess Their Solemn Vows

On March 7th, the Conventual Franciscan Friars in Brazil celebrated the Solemn Profession of...

Conventual Franciscan Vocation Directors Meet in Maryland

Conventual Franciscan Vocation Directors Meet in Maryland

  Conventual Franciscan vocation directors from across the United States gathered last...

In Reno, Nevada, Spanish Speakers Can Walk Through the Stations of the Cross in Spanish This Good Friday

In Reno, Nevada, Spanish Speakers Can Walk Through the Stations of the Cross in Spanish This Good Friday

    Friar Jacob Carazo, the rector of St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral in Reno, Nevada as...

Rockford Parish Reaches Out to The Faithful Through Facebook

Rockford Parish Reaches Out to The Faithful Through Facebook

St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Rockford, Illinois was founded in 1909 and...

  • Pope Francis Appoints Conventual Franciscan Friar Bishop of Lexington, Kentucky

    Pope Francis Appoints Conventual Franciscan Friar Bishop of Lexington, Kentucky

    Thursday, 12 March 2015 17:06
  • In Brazil Two Friars Profess Their Solemn Vows

    In Brazil Two Friars Profess Their Solemn Vows

    Monday, 23 March 2015 14:52
  • Conventual Franciscan Vocation Directors Meet in Maryland

    Conventual Franciscan Vocation Directors Meet in Maryland

    Tuesday, 24 March 2015 15:24
  • In Reno, Nevada, Spanish Speakers Can Walk Through the Stations of the Cross in Spanish This Good Friday

    In Reno, Nevada, Spanish Speakers Can Walk Through the Stations of the Cross in Spanish This Good...

    Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:55
  • Rockford Parish Reaches Out to The Faithful Through Facebook

    Rockford Parish Reaches Out to The Faithful Through Facebook

    Thursday, 26 March 2015 18:21

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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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