Friar Damien Zimmerman Served the Spanish-speaking People of the United States Southwest

Friar Damien Zimmerman Served the Spanish-speaking People of the United States Southwest

In today’s video, Friar John Bamman – the Conventual Franciscan vocation director for Our...

Williamsburg Food Festival Offers Delicious Food and Spiritual Nourishment

Williamsburg Food Festival Offers Delicious Food and Spiritual Nourishment

  Friar Nick Spano is one of several Conventual Franciscans at the San Damiano Mission in...

Minister Provincial Receives the St. Maximilian Kolbe Award in Marytown, Illinois

Minister Provincial Receives the St. Maximilian Kolbe Award in Marytown, Illinois

  On August 14, 2015, the Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Friar James McCurry received the...

Friar Prays for All Unborn Children

Friar Prays for All Unborn Children

Friar Tom Czeck – the Conventual Franciscan pastor of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Castro...

In Texas a Franciscan Professes His Solemn Vows

In Texas a Franciscan Professes His Solemn Vows

  On August 21, 2015 at the Oblate School of Theology’s Immaculate Conception Chapel in...

  • Friar Damien Zimmerman Served the Spanish-speaking People of the United States Southwest

    Friar Damien Zimmerman Served the Spanish-speaking People of the United States Southwest

    Monday, 24 August 2015 20:31
  • Williamsburg Food Festival Offers Delicious Food and Spiritual Nourishment

    Williamsburg Food Festival Offers Delicious Food and Spiritual Nourishment

    Tuesday, 25 August 2015 17:56
  • Minister Provincial Receives the St. Maximilian Kolbe Award in Marytown, Illinois

    Minister Provincial Receives the St. Maximilian Kolbe Award in Marytown, Illinois

    Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:08
  • Friar Prays for All Unborn Children

    Friar Prays for All Unborn Children

    Thursday, 27 August 2015 16:56
  • In Texas a Franciscan Professes His Solemn Vows

    In Texas a Franciscan Professes His Solemn Vows

    Friday, 28 August 2015 15:53

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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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