A young man torn by the enticements of his society, anguished of heart with such thoughts as "Who am I?", "What am I to do with my life?", "Who is God and what is He to  me?" This was Francis of Assisi.

St. Francis and Our Lord - Province Cemetary

Francis was born in 1182 of a middle class Italian family. He was educated and respected by the people of his hometown, Assisi. Like any young person in his early twenties, Francis began to question what he should do to live a meaningful life. He wanted recognition and fame. After several unsuccessful attempts to discover the purpose of his life, he was shaken in his worldly aspirations.

The conflict that inflamed his heart led him to the deserted church of San Damiano in Assisi during which Francis heard a command of the Crucified Lord while he was absorbed in prayer. "Francis," the voice told him, "go and repair my house, which, as you see, is falling completely into ruin." From that moment on, Francis learned that living a Christian life would place him in opposition to the values of his society and set him apart from family, friends, and many of his own age.  

St. Francis embracing the Crucified Christ
Province cemetery, St. Francis University



  • 2016 Summer Gathering of the friars of the Third Order Regular of Saint Francis, Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  During the week the friars celebrated the 25th and 50th Anniversaries of Religious Profession and Ordination and also celelbrated the Solemn Profession of Vows of three of the friars.



    Province Gathering 2016

    Province Summer Gathering 2016