Franciscan Friars (O.F.M.), U.S.-6 [Code: 478]

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With over 800 friars living and ministering as brothers across the United States, the US-6 O.F.M. Franciscan Friars owe our inspiration to Francesco di Bernardone, an affluent young merchant from the Italian town of Assisi, who in 1206 renounced his wealth and social status in favor of a life dedicated to God and the least of God’s people. St. Francis of Assisi began his life of penance as a hermit, devoting himself to prayer, working among lepers, and rebuilding churches in the Assisi area. Soon, others were attracted to his ministry. By 1209, there were 12 brothers, and so they gained approval from Pope Innocent III for their way of life “according to the Holy Gospel.” The Ordo Fratrum Minorum — known in English as the Order of Friars Minor, or Order of Lesser Brothers — had begun. The Gospel life of the Friars Minor has four central components: first, to be men of prayer; second, to live as lesser ones, “not making anything our own;” third, to create a brotherhood of mutual care among ourselves; and fourth, to “go about the world,” entering people’s everyday lives as heralds of God’s reign and agents of Gospel peace. Franciscans have a long history in the U.S. Today, in the 21st century, the US-6 OFM Franciscan Friars are made up of six provinces – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (headquartered in Franklin, Wis.), Holy Name (New York City), Our Lady of Guadalupe (Albuquerque, N.M.), Sacred Heart (St. Louis), St. Barbara (Oakland, Calif.), and St. John the Baptist (Cincinnati). Together we are restructuring our governance into one U.S. province. Join us! Is God calling you, or someone you know, to be a Franciscan? Visit or call 1-800-677-7788 ext. 345.

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