Welcome, dear friends, to this sacred corner of our online home, where we come together as a family united in faith. Here at the Conventual Franciscan Friars – Province of Our Lady of Consolation, we invite you to embark on a journey of the heart, guided by the gentle whispers of the Spirit and the loving embrace of Our Lord.

As Franciscans, we are deeply moved by the transformative power of prayer. It is through prayer that our hearts are aligned with God’s will, and our souls find solace and joy. Prayer is our lifeline, a bridge between our finite selves and the infinite grace of God. It is a space where we lay bare our struggles, share our joys, and receive the boundless love of our Creator.

Over the centuries, countless stories have shown us the miraculous ways prayer can heal, restore, and strengthen. We’ve witnessed relationships mended, hearts softened, and seemingly insurmountable obstacles transformed into stepping stones of faith. It is in these moments that we are reminded of the words of St. Francis of Assisi, who encouraged us to pray ceaselessly with open hearts and trust in the Lord’s providence.

We offer this page as a sanctuary where you will find inspiring stories of answered prayers and heartfelt blessings. You’ll also discover prayers that can guide your own conversations with God, whether you seek peace in moments of turmoil, strength amidst uncertainty, or simply wish to give thanks for the gifts He has bestowed upon you.

Join us as we lift our voices in unity and gratitude, trusting in the power of prayer to light our way forward.

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Featured Prayers

Prayer to St. Anthony by Fr. Juniper:

Glorious St. Anthony, you loved God and all your sisters and brothers no matter what disappointments and frustrations you underwent. You are known as the Saint who always answers. With confidence I ask you to answer my prayer___________ even if it takes a miracle. Great Miracle Worker, filled with trust in your powerful intercession I lift my heart and mind towards you. Give me whatever I need in mind and body. May I serve and glorify Jesus with you forever. Amen

Prayers for the Return of Our Loved Ones to the practice of the Catholic Faith

Dear God and Father of Jesus,
We remember the urgent command you gave your people to Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength; and that our children must remember these words of freedom to the thousandth generation. With the passionate strength of your Holy Spirit, and in the Most Holy Name of Jesus, we beg you to send upon these our loved ones – (here named) – that flocking Spirit which listens for the voice of the Good Shepherd, and leads them to the altar and to your sacred banquet, in which Christ is received, the memory of his Passion is recalled, the mind is filled with grace, and the pledge of future glory is given to us.
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Power of Prayer Stories from our friars and supporters

We love to hear how prayer consoles, heals and moves others. Please share your story with us!

The Power of Prayer – A Glimpse of Grace

A Glimpse of Grace There are many stories I’d love to share. Right now, I’m off work while I recover from Lyme disease. Where I work, there are nuns living on one side of the building, and a convent behind us. About two years ago, with worries on my mind, I decided…
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The Power of Prayer – A Dream and a Hunger Fulfilled

+Friar Ivan Rohloff, OFM Conv. near Tashkent, Uzbekistan takes a moment with a Missionary Sister of Charity (Sisters of Mother Teresa). Photo courtesy of Province Archives. A Dream and a Hunger Fulfilled By friar Bob Roddy, OFM Conv. I had the privilege of listening to our late friar Ivan Rohloff deliver a…
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The Power of Prayer – Summer 23

Friar Bob decided to thoroughly clean one of the refrigerators in the Washington, DC friary. After removing the shelves, and cleaning them, he needed to re-install them and was having great difficulty with one shelf in particular. Exasperated, friar Bob prayed out loud to Jim Hand, the late head of maintenance at…
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The Power of Prayer

At Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center in Prior Lake, MN, the Sacrament of the Sick is usually celebrated in the context of one of the Eucharistic Liturgies, and most of our retreatants take advantage of this opportunity. After a Men’s Retreat, one of the men wrote Br. Bob, the Retreat Director at…
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The Power of Prayer – Having Faith

Having Faith A lady from Columbus, OH who was on a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, OH was very interested in viewing the display cases that we have in the Lower Basilica. These cases contain items associated with miracles, e.g., crutches, braces, etc., that have happened…
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