If you are looking for more information about our Province, our friars, and their ministries you are in the right place. Many people come here wanting to learn more about the friars, what they do, and all the exciting things they make happen. Here, in addition to our own Province social channels and resources, we also have made it easy to explore the friar’s ministries, intiatives, retreat centers, blogs, and more.
Our Social Channels
Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center
Prior Lake, MN
Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center is a spiritual oasis for people of all faiths who are seeking a deeper relationship with the Almighty. Our lovely grounds, a beautiful chapel, and comfortable accommodations, along with the care and concern of the friars and staff provide a quiet and reflective environment for personal prayer and reflection. We are situated on 60 acres of land near the communities of Prior Lake and Savage, southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Mn.
Holy Cross Retreat Center
Las Cruces, NM
Holy Cross Retreat Center is an oasis of prayer, study, and reflection located near Las Cruces in southern New Mexico. The Center is committed to fostering an atmosphere in the Franciscan tradition where all those who seek spiritual and personal growth will find a welcome.
While focusing on Catholic spirituality, Holy Cross respects people of all faiths and hosts various retreats, conferences, as well as private retreatants. The friars lead programs for English and Spanish speaking groups and provide hospitality to cancer patients and others in need.
Mount Saint Francis – Center For Spirituality
Mount St. Francis, IN
Mount St. Francis is a Roman Catholic Center for Spirituality sponsored by the Conventual Franciscan Friars of the Province of Our Lady of Consolation.
In addition to hosting youth retreats throughout the year, the friars welcome groups of young adults and adults for weekend retreats. The friars are available to assist parish and youth groups in planning and directing retreats as well as days/evenings of reflection. These retreats and days of reflection can be held at the Mount or at your local parish. Private and privately directed retreats are also available.
Persons wishing to spend time on their own surrounded by 400 acres of fields, woods, and a lake are welcome to come for a day or several days.
All visitors and retreatants are welcome to join the friars for Morning Prayer, Eucharist, and Evening Prayer.
The Franciscan Kitchen (named the Franciscan Shelter House until January 2012) was founded in 1980 by Friar Jim Fields OFM Conv. Today the work of feeding the hungry continues through the dedication and hard work of a small staff and more than 100 volunteers, including some of our friars. It is not unusual for the number of meals served to average over 400 each day.
San Antonio, TX
Posada Guadalupe is a shelter in San Antonio, Texas whose mission, inspired by Matthew 25: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me,” is to offer hospitality to indigent immigrants.
We provide shelter to young men who immigrated to the United States as children, and have aged out of state run care, with nowhere else to go. We keep them from being homeless and on the right path by providing food, shelter, and social services.
Living with economic uncertainty, bombarded by bits and bytes of information, pressured by peers and the expectations of others – young adults today face challenges undreamt of by previous generations. The invitation of Jesus to his disciples has never been more necessary or welcome. YAFraM, Young Adult Franciscan Ministry, extends that invitation to young adults, no matter what particular faith tradition they belong to or where they are in their journey of faith. This ministry offers a chance to consider how faith, particularly the Christian Faith following in the path of St. Francis of Assisi, can help make sense of an often-confusing world.
Ysleta Mission – Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish
El Paso, TX
Ysleta Mission, along with the others, was established by Antonio de Otermín and Fray Francisco de Ayeta in 1680. Spaniards and Native Americans arrived here, then south of the Rio Bravo, in October 1680. They had fled or were forced to accompany the refugees of the Pueblo Revolt in Northern New Mexico.
Today our friars work in ministry at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish. Their mission is to be disciples of Jesus Christ, as good stewards of our faith, who are committed to live the Gospel and provide ministries and outreach that address the corporal and spiritual needs of the community.
St. Paul’s Parish
The Conventual Franciscan Friars were given the care of Saint Paul Church in 1910 with the first Friar/Pastor being Father Marc Maser. Those first Friars lived at Saint Peter Friary, 17th & Garland Streets and commuted by inter-urban to the site on Dixie Highway.
Our friars have served there from 1910-present. Our Father Dismas Veeneman, OFMConv. currently serves as Pastor there.
Incarnation of Our Lord Church, the parish has almost 1,300 parishioners, a strong formation program, a marvelous seniors group, a growing RCIA process, an active youth group, a vibrant sports program and various other ministries that develop and support the spiritual and educational formation of the parishioners. Our own Father Christian Moore OFM Conv. is pastor there.
Commission for the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition
Welcome to the Commission for the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition. This site serves as a helpful, interactive resource for students, theologians and anyone who is interested in bringing the spiritual heritage of Francis and Clare of Assisi to people today.
Franciscans.org – I’m interested in being a friar.
Conventual Franciscans live our mission of rebuilding the house of God today through serving in the Roman Catholic Church in Franciscan ministries that include missionaries, scholars, educators, artists, composers, chaplains, confessors, lawyers, laborers, teachers, writers, musicians, cooks, social workers, campus ministers, parish priests, administrators, and advocates for the poor and marginalized.