News & Events

St. Therese featured in 2019 Advent booklet

Advent and Christmas, Prayer

  Enrich your prayer life this Advent by starting your day with a simple reflection from St. Thérèse of Lisieux, “The Little Flower.” The Franciscan friars invite you to join them in prayer and reflection this Advent season with the pocket booklet, Advent with St. Thérèse of…

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St. Anthony helps Anna Marie more profoundly than expected

Prayer, Saint Anthony

Upon the death of her beloved dog, St. Anthony helped Anna Marie find her ring, her faith, and kindness.

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Happy Feast of St. Francis!

Prayer, Saint Francis

Happy Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, a saint for all times, a saint for all people. On Oct. 4, Christians around the world remember one of the great heroes of our faith, and the current pope’s namesake.

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Celebrating the Feast of St. Francis with pet blessings and more

Prayer, Saint Francis

The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi is October 4. Celebrate with us.

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Ann's name for St. Anthony, is "St. Wonderful"

Prayer, Saint Anthony

Hello my name is Ann and St. Anthony is one of my favourite saints. I call him St. Wonderful because he finds everything I misplace and I misplace a lot of stuff.

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BLINK 2019

Events

St. Francis Seraph Church and St. Francis Seraph Ministries will be open to the public for BLINK 2019, a four-day event, October 10-13.

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IRA gifts offer advantages when donating to the Franciscans

Support the Friars

Make a difference today! When you donate to the Franciscans, you know you’re making a positive difference in the lives of people in need.

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Sign up for the Solemn Novena to St. Francis of Assisi

Prayer, Saint Francis

Join the Solemn Novena to St. Francis and receive the prayers in your email inbox September 25 through October 3. Sign up now!

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Prayers to St. Clare answered

Prayer, Saint Clare

Many people's prayers were answered through the Solemn Novena to St. Clare. Read how God touched their lives.

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Meet the new novices

Vocations

Eleven men were received into the Order of Friars Minor as novices on Aug. 1, 2019 during the US-6 Chapter of Mats in Denver. In a video, the men share their reactions to this important event in their lives.

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St. Anthony helped find my lost precious ring.

Prayer, Saint Anthony

St. Anthony answers prayers for G's lost ring after she prays a St. Anthony novena.

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Happy Feast of St. Clare

Prayer, Saint Clare

The Poor Clares sing, "The Blessing of St. Clare," and much more!

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Sign prompted dream to become a friar.

Vocations

Postulant Tim Amburgey was prompted to follow his dream when he saw this sign at the St. Anthony Shrine.

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Carmen relies on her friend, Tony

Prayer, Saint Anthony

When help is needed, St. Anthony always comes through for Carmen.

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Novena to St. Clare of Assisi

Prayer, Saint Clare

Pray the Solemn Novena to St. Clare of Assisi with us! Sign up to receive the novena prayers in your email inbox beginning August 2 through August 10, culminating in St. Clare's Feast Day August 11.

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Food for the body, food for the soul

Saint Anthony, Serving the poor

Hospitality is not uniquely Franciscan, but it is particularly Franciscan. To guests of the Center, ignored by or invisible to much of society, it means validation from Br. David Crank and Sr. Ann Marie Quinn

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Drew's St. Anthony story

Prayer, Saint Anthony

When I was a child, my grandmother, who was born at the beginning of the twentieth century, taught me to say; "St Anthony, St Anthony come around, my [name of the lost item] is lost and cannot be found!"

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Why did St. Anthony seem so familiar?

Prayer, Saint Anthony

"I sometime feel like my mother must have talked with St. Anthony in person and decided that I needed to be here to help raise money for the poor," writes Friar Works Co-Director Colleen Cushard.

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A deep devotion to St. Anthony through the years and generations

Prayer, Saint Anthony

The LeMieux Family St. Anthony Chapel in the Coffrin Arborteum on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Green Bay has a rich history of devotion that is still alive today.

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Fr. Robert Bruno, OFM: Serving God and Country

Missions

As we approach Memorial Day and remember and honor those who have given their lives in service to our country, we want to introduce you to Fr. Robert (Bob) Bruno—Air Force Chaplain, Colonel (retired), and Franciscan friar. As you can imagine, he falls into the category of well-traveled friars who have ministered to people all over the world.

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Designate your 401(k) now

Support the Friars

It’s easy to support the Franciscans with a gift by designation that costs nothing now. Naming the Franciscans Friars of St. John the Baptist Province as a beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k), bank or brokerage account, or life insurance policy is one of the simplest ways to support the work of our friars. It’s literally as easy as filling out a form.

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Novena to St. Anthony of Padua

Prayer, Saint Anthony

Pray with us The National Shrine of St. Anthony celebrates the Novena to St. Anthony every Tuesday at 2:30 pm and at the 7:00 pm evening Mass. We would love to celebrate with you but if you can’t make it to the Shrine, you can participate in the novena…

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New tax law and charitable giving strategies

Support the Friars

Tax reform means new strategies for charitable giving. People give to a charity because they believe in its mission and want to make the world a better place. This primary motivation for charitable giving has not changed with recent tax reform.

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They came to play on Opening Day

Events

Staged near the site where friars first settled in Cincinnati, the Reds’ parade is a circus in the streets. It’s always chaotic, as humans and animals scramble to find their places among almost 200 entries. This year, the 100th anniversary of the event, the chaos starts early.

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Getting to know Raphael Ozoude

Vocations

Raphael Ozounde is in his second year--the novitiate year--with the Province of St. John the Baptist. He is from Lagos, Nigeria, where his parents live and have been living since before he was born.

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Franciscan retreats and pilgrimages

Events, Prayer, Saint Francis

A retreat or pilgrimage can be life changing. A time of spiritual growth and deepening of your walk with God. Our Franciscan friars want to help you in your spiritual journey. Check out this list of our Franciscan retreats and pilgrimages.

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Movie celebrates meeting of St. Francis and Sultan

Events, Saint Francis

800 years ago during the 5th Crusade, Francis of Assisi crossed the battlefields to share the Christian faith with Muslim leader, al-Malik al-Kamil in Egypt. In celebration of this event the friars invite you to join them in viewing the film, The Sultan and the Saint, at locations around Cincinnati and Detroit.

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St. Anthony helps with fury over files.

Prayer, Saint Anthony

"I was ready to give up and tell the auditors I could not find the file when it occurred to me that I had not asked for St. Anthony’s help. I left the office, said a prayer to St. Anthony and calmed myself down."

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Reds Opening Day Parade

Events, Saint Francis

The friars are thrilled to again be participating in the 100th Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Parade starting at noon at Findlay Market in Over-the-Rhine.

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Getting to know Br. Matt Ryan

Vocations

Br. Matt Ryan worked as a Public Defender for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for 13 years before discerning a call to be a Franciscan friar. He currently is a Novice at the Interprovincial Novitiate.

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