Spend St. Maximilian Kolbe’s Feast Day at His Shrine in Libertyville, Illinois

If you live either in Chicago or Milwaukee, then you have a chance to celebrate St. Maximilian K...

In Buffalo Franciscans Profess Solemn Vows

  Last week on Wednesday August 6, 2014, Conventual Franciscan Friars Nicholas Rokitkta an...

Take a Tour of the New Holy Cross Chapel in Mesilla Park, New Mexico

  Conventual Franciscan Friar Wayne Hellmann is a theologian and professor of theological st...

Franciscan Theologian Takes Younger Friars on a Pilgrimage to Italy

Conventual Franciscan Friar Steve McMichael is a retreat leader at the Franciscan Retreat and Spir...

Friar Bryan Professes His Solemn Vows

The Conventual Franciscan Friars have been serving at the Basilica and National Shrine of Our La...

  • Spend St. Maximilian Kolbe’s Feast Day at His Shrine in Libertyville, Illinois

    Thursday, 14 August 2014 14:44
  • In Buffalo Franciscans Profess Solemn Vows

    Friday, 15 August 2014 17:20
  • Take a Tour of the New Holy Cross Chapel in Mesilla Park, New Mexico

    Monday, 18 August 2014 18:07
  • Franciscan Theologian Takes Younger Friars on a Pilgrimage to Italy

    Monday, 25 August 2014 15:12
  • Friar Bryan Professes His Solemn Vows

    Friday, 29 August 2014 12:28

Welcome

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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 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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