News & Events

Unity, fraternity and joy in Kansas City

Events, Missions, Prayer

The sense of unity, fraternity and joy was obvious as Franciscan friars from the US-6 provinces came together at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center July 25-29 for “Gather and Discern.”

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Fall retreats at SFRH

Events, Prayer

Christina R. Zaker and Fr. Greg Friedman, OFM, will each be offering a retreat at the St. Francis Retreat House in Easton, Pa., in September.

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Happy Feast of St. Clare 2022

Prayer, Saint Clare

The Feast of St. Clare is celebrated on August 11. We've compiled resources to help you honor this great saint.

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Deepening Journeys in Franciscan Life

Missions, Vocations

We wanted to share with you the stories of two friars who recently completed the nine month program: Brothers Walking Together.

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A difficult prayer to St. Anthony

Prayer, Saint Anthony

Mary shares how the St. Anthony novena helped during a very difficult time for her family.

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Unique St. Anthony Celebrations from devotees

Prayer, Saint Anthony

Last month, Fr. John asked our readers, "How do you celebrate the Feast of St. Anthony?" Read their delightful responses.

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Special time with family and friends

Saint Anthony

The friars of our Cincinnati Franciscan province have a tradition of gathering for an All Province Assembly every third year. It is our version of a family reunion.

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St. Clare Novena

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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Celebrating St. Anthony of Padua

Prayer, Saint Anthony

How do you celebrate the Feast of St. Anthony on June 13? Plan your visit to the St. Anthony Shrine in Cincinnati today.

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Tony, Tony, look around

Prayer, Saint Anthony

An incident at the beach led Judy to believe in the intercessory power of St. Anthony.

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St. Anthony, Our Miracle Worker

Prayer, Saint Anthony

So many of us count on St. Anthony’s intercession throughout the year. We primarily think of this very popular saint as the patron saint of lost or stolen articles, but some of us consider him a friend.

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Coming full circle in hospital ministry

Missions, Prayer, Senior Friars

With a blessing and a sprinkle of holy water, Fr. Francis Tebbe introduced the pet therapy program at Franciscan Health in Munster, Ind., in February of 2019.

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A Franciscan house

Missions

A simple plaque on a wall in John and Colleen Gerke’s St. Bernard home proclaims a deeply meaningful message. It reads in part: “This is a Franciscan House. That means you are welcome here. In the spirit and love of St. Francis of Assisi and Jesus of Nazareth, we welcome you.”

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Grateful for St. Anthony help as mom ages

Prayer, Saint Anthony

Denise share two stories of St. Anthony's help in finding items for her mother.

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Will you help the friars continue their life-changing work?

Estate Planning, Support the Friars

Each and every day, Franciscan friars serve the poor, the homeless, the hopeless, the marginalized, the forgotten. Will you help them continue their life-changing work?

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New Infant School in Revival, Jamaica

Missions

The proposed infant school will provide three- to six-year-old children with an early childhood Catholic education and strong moral values.

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Friars and Football

Saint Anthony

Fr. John Bok's nephew, Troy Apke, is a free safety for the Washington Commanders.

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Prayers on a plane

Prayer

God tends to put us in the places where He needs us to do His work, and that’s exactly what happened when Fr. Charlie Smiech was traveling last month.

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We Will See Him

Lent and Easter, Prayer

This Easter we too will gather, with our hopelessness and despair over our world’s tragedies. But if we will allow it, also with all our potential, we will become witnesses to the Resurrection.

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Solemn Novena to St. Anthony begins April 12

Prayer, Saint Anthony

The Solemn Novena to St. Anthony (our special yearly novena leading up to his feast day) will begin tomorrow, April 12, and conclude on June 7, six days before his feast day on June 13.

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Praying for peace

Missions, Prayer, Saint Francis

Every day during Lent, starting on Ash Wednesday, Jeff Scheeler, pastor of Church of the Transfiguration in Southfield, Mich., has posted a video on social media of someone praying the Peace Prayer of St. Francis, during a time when such prayer is sorely needed.

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St. Anthony Helps Family with Items During a Move

Prayer, Saint Anthony

I overheard my elementary-age girls praying fervently: “Please, St. Anthony! Help us find Eleanor!”

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A place of warmth and welcome

Missions

Everyone needs a place where they feel safe and secure, where they can experience community, acceptance and, most of all, God’s love.

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The Tradition of St. Anthony Bread

Newsletter, Prayer, Saint Anthony

Fr. John Bok, explains how a drowned child's restoration to life was the start of the tradition of St. Anthony Bread.

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St. Anthony's on the job

Prayer, Saint Anthony

The St. Anthony novena is a powerful tool and helped Nancy's niece.

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A life-changing phone call

Missions

When Maria Payne ended up homeless last fall after fleeing from the drug deals and violence running rampant in her apartment building, she felt hopeless and alone.

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Free Estate Planning Seminar

Estate Planning

Register for our free Estate Planning Seminar!

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The Super Bowl through the Eyes of a Cincinnati Friar

Newsletter

Fr. John Bok, OFM, expresses the excitement and civic pride that have accompanied the Bengals’ success in the playoffs this season.

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Can you help us get our bells ringing again?

Saint Anthony

A lightning strike on the feast of St. Francis damaged the bells of the St. Anthony Shrine.

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St. Anthony helps reunite Sr. Eileen & Moo Moo

Prayer, Saint Anthony

St. Anthony finds Sr. Eileen's foster kitten Moo Moo.

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