• FRANCISCAN PATHWAYS is a ministry of the Franciscan Friars of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Third Order Regu­lar. It is a ministry of spirituality and reconcilia­tion, reflecting a continuity with our Franciscan charism of poverty, minority, contemplation, and ongoing conversion, It seeks to offer service to the People of God, and to our world.


    • to provide personnel resources for retreats and spiritual programs to retreat centers, parishes, religious communities, and religious organiza­tions.

    • to act as a resource vehicle for religious orga­nizations seeking retreat directors and present­ers from the friars of the Sacred Heart Province. ... to collaborate with other Franciscan commu­nities in their spiritual ministry.

    • to develop programs and retreats that embody the Third Order Regular's values of ongoing con­version and reconciliation.

    • to explore ways of providing a greater avail­ability of spiritual resources for those in need, including the underprivileged, the alienated, and the unchurched.

    FRANCISCAN PATHWAYS has its roots in generations of friars of our Province who have ministered to the spiritual needs of the Church. Their individual gifts and talents, their prayer and discernment, their joy and openness have en­riched countless parishes, retreat centers, and religious organizations. The friars of this gen­eration wish to continue this tradition.

    We recognize the diverse needs of our Church and our world. We see the hunger for God, the need for evangelization, the brokenness that longs for reconciliation. Following the path of Francis of Assisi and his many followers, we wish to be instruments of peace and witnesses to God's abundant goodness in creation.



    As friars of the Third Order Regular of Saint Francis and members of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus we vow ourselves to the challenge of living poverty, chastity and obedience in the presence of the Church. In this way, we further the work of Francis of Assisi who unreservedly followed the crucified and risen Christ and the Gospel of preaching repentance and conversion for the salvation of all.

    • AS FRANCISCANS in service to the Church, we listen to God's Word following Jesus Christ with the assurance of the Holy Spirit; we listen to God's teaching in the Church; and we listen to God's holy people as they speak to us.

    • AS FOLLOWERS of Saint Francis of Assisi, we respond to God and our founder by living simply, unencumbered by possessions or attitudes, by dedicating ourselves to the fraternity, by responding to the mission of the Church, and by seeking to bring God and the message of conversion to all we meet.

    • AS FRIARS we commit ourselves, personally and corporately, to a life transformed by prayer and contemplation, to an on-going conversion of heart, mind and soul, and to a revelation of the Lord by our words and works, enabling the bruised and broken to hear and receive the message of reconciliation and healing embodied in Christ.

    To all we serve we commit ourselves to bring the grace and peace of God: the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

    Feast of the Portiuncula
    August 2, 1990