This is the Assumption BVM Franciscan Province

The Franciscan fraternity of nearly 90 priests and brothers is the Assumption Province. Enjoying a bi-ritual identity of Roman and Byzantine Catholic, the friars of the province engage in many forms of work as it fosters the growth of the Kingdom of God in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. Run your mouse over a picture to view a larger image..

Franciscan Leadership Joins Catholic Bishops in Condemning Bullying, Violence Toward LGBT Youth

March 8, 2021 — In accordance with the Catholic-Franciscan tradition, which recognizes and celebrates the God-given dignity of every human being, the leadership of six provinces belonging to the Order of Friars Minor in the United States have added their support to a statement signed by Catholic bishops and dozens of religious orders and institutions that condemns bullying and other acts of violence toward LGBT youth.

Read full statement by clicking here.


Vocation/Formation Appeal Letter:

Read all about the wonderful things our young friars in formation are involved in in their day to day lives and how they have been able to continue their vocation despite the challenges of the pandemic. Click here to find out.

We are Franciscans, brothers embraced by Mystery which shapes our trust in God and one another. God’s Providence has sustained our ministries, made us resilient, and freed us to be open to change. This freedom fosters our unique commitment as a Roman and Byzantine Catholic community to re-shape OFM life in response to the changes in our churches and world.

The joy of the Gospel urges us to the periphery, where God’s love impels us to invite others to the experience of Christ’s mercy and forgiveness.

+ Fr. James Kendzierski, OFM

Read the obituary of our beloved brother, James by clicking here.


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Friars’ Legacy Lives in the Pages of New Book

By. Andy Tretow

Missionaries spend their lives spreading the word of Jesus Christ in many different parts of the world, and their impact is felt by many they meet. It is not as common to influence their community nearly two decades after they have passed away. However, for Fr. Cantius Kobak, OFM, his work as a missionary in the Philippines will be felt for generations into the future, but for not the reasons one might think. Click here to read more.

Recently Pope Francis released his latest encyclical called Fratelli Tutti. Some of the most respected scholars in the Franciscan world developed a study guide that would help us to understand the document better. Click Here to reach each summary of his eight chapters.