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It’s Advent, Friar Gerry Waterman’s favorite Church Season, and he tells us why in this episode of ‘Inquire of a Friar.’


What does a bumper sticker have to do with the birth of Jesus, Mary’s appearance to St. Bernadette at Lourdes, and St. Maximilian Kolbe? Interweaving his explanation with music for reflection, Br. Solanus Mary OFM Conv. brings our Blessed Mother into focus. This podcast comes courtesy of HeavensRoad FM, a British radio station.


We are FRIARS.
By our religious profession, we dedicate ourselves totally to God, Who is loved above all else.
Indeed, the life of union with God through prayer is the foundation of our fraternity; it composes the rhythm of our life.
Francis of Assisi experienced God’s call in his life as a summons to conform himself ever more closely to Jesus Christ.
Conventual Franciscans, men who strive to follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to the example and Rule of Life of Saint Francis, continue to live out that summons.
Simply. Authentically.


We are Friars MINOR.
Minoritas is our characteristic way of following the poor and humble Christ. We foster fraternities whose friars live without anything of our own: shunning status, being subject to all, and serving one another.
We strive toward both internal and external self-emptying, such that our fraternal simplicity will be a sign to those with and to whom we minister.
We practice good stewardship, while rejecting the temptations of consumerism and materialism. We divest of anything that replaces God as the center and source of our meaning.


We are Friars Minor CONVENTUAL.
This dimension of our identity, in the context of the larger Franciscan tradition, adds a distinct flavor to how we live in fraternity and undertake the work of rebuilding the Church. We seek to bring a sense of brotherhood to all we meet, by being truly inclusive and collaborative in all of our interactions.
We, as lesser brothers, walk with the People of God, with a special mandate to accompany the poor and most vulnerable of our society. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we are involved in a community-based approach to the works of evangelization and service to humanity.

Peace and All Good

This website offers a journey through the life and mission of the Franciscan Friars Conventual, a religious order that has been part of the life of the Roman Catholic Church for more than eight centuries. Here you'll discover more about who we are, what we do, and how to join our brotherhood. Throughout our history, Conventual Franciscans have offered a powerful and profound voice to the Church, society, and the cultural marketplace of ideas. The sections of this site explore the life and ministry of the friars today, as we continue to lend our voices to the mission of the Kingdom; we speak for the Gospel, for the value of community, for the impoverished and marginalized, for those yearning for justice, for the need to foster peace, and for the protection of God's creation.
This site is designed and developed by our friars, representing voices from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, Malta, and Lebanon. It features friar-produced video, podcasts, and photo-essay blogs, all informed by the Franciscan spiritual and intellectual tradition. It speaks to the issues, events, and cultural reference points important in the 21st century. From the serious, to the topical, to the light-hearted, the connecting thread is the Joy of the Gospel. We hope this site manifests the dynamic and life-giving quality of our life as Friars Minor Conventual.

The Cord >

Traditional symbol of the Franciscans, it’s a reminder of the friars’ promise to live the Gospel
through public witness.
Its three knots call to mind our promises to live
in poverty, without anything of our own;
in chastity, in right relationship with God and neighbor;
and in obedience, discerning the voice of God in our lives by attentive listening.

The Letters >

The lowercase "f" and "v" in the design
signify that ours is a Franciscan Voice that rings out joy for the Gospel, for Community, for the Poor, for Justice,
for Peace, and for Creation.

The Bell >

Saint Francis of Assisi tells how he first embraced Christ in showing mercy to the lepers,
who in those days would ring bells in public,
warning people to move away.
Beyond its more classical symbolism as
a call to prayer and a summons to gather,
the bell is a metaphor for the Franciscan choice
to move closer to, not away from,
society’s marginalized and forgotten.

The Colors >

The first friars wore habits made from un-dyed wool, which came in a wide variety of colors;
prominent among these was grey.
While you will encounter our friars wearing
both black and grey, we are traditionally known as
“the Greyfriars.”
One of the first chapels repaired by Francis was
"the Portiuncula,"
dedicated to the Blessed Virgin.
Marian devotion is an important component
of our spirituality; Mary’s traditional color is blue,
a hue that also calls to mind how chill we are.

Peace and all good!