In Christ's name, we continue the Franciscan ministries, or spiritual work and service of healing, so fundamental to the understanding of St. Francis of Assisi. The mission of the Conventual Franciscans is to give witness to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ through the manner of our life together as brothers, or Friars.
Conventual Franciscans follow St. Francis by living the Gospel in prayer and fraternity as part of our Franciscan ministries. Through fraternity in community, we center on Jesus Christ. We witness a joyful presence of hope and salvation to all, especially to the poor. We reach out to young and old bringing inspiration to all who need compassion and spiritual guidance. Living the Gospel in community, we preach through our lives and repair the house of God, the Church.
Our founder, St. Francis, was given a mission from God while praying before the San Damiano Cross. Jesus, speaking from the Cross, said: "Francis, go and repair my house which, as you see, is falling into ruin." Francis, responding to the Lord, begs for stones to repair the ruined Chapel of San Damiano. Francis fervently sought to know and respond to Jesus. Soon the Lord gave Francis brothers to join him in his mission to repair the Church through passionately knowing Jesus and living His message, the Gospel. The profound, yet simple insight of St. Francis and the friars is to live the Gospel, the teaching and actions of Jesus, today in our world. The friars also bring this insight to their Franciscan ministries.
The rule and life of the Order Friars Minor Conventual is to observe the Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ by living in obedience, without property, and in chastity. The Evangelical life, living the Gospel, breathes new life into the Church and Franciscan ministries. The Franciscans were not founded for any other mission than to live the Gospel.
Living in community focuses us on our mission of living the Gospel through common prayer, meals, and fraternity. Franciscan ministries flow from our prayer and fraternity. Francis said to the friars before he died: "I have done what is my part to do, May Christ show you yours." Conventual Franciscans reach out to the poor and marginalized in our world, bringing the Good News of God's Love in Christ Jesus.
Conventual Franciscans live our mission of rebuilding the house of God today through serving in the Roman Catholic Church in Franciscan ministries that include missionaries, scholars, educators, artists, composers, chaplains, confessors, lawyers, laborers, cooks, social workers, campus ministers, parish priests, administrators, and advocates for the poor and marginalized.