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    Saint Francis Friary
    Loretto, PA
    814-419-8700
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  • In 1847, nearly fifteen years before the Civil War, the bishop of Pittsburgh invited six Franciscan Friars from Ireland to establish a school in Loretto, Pennsylvania. The humble efforts of the friars would one day become Saint Francis University. In this short video Fr. Malachi Van Tassell, TOR (32nd SFU President) comments on how the Franciscan Friars continue to walk with Saint Francis students on their journey today.