Main Content

Who We Are

friars_lineupFor 800 years men and women have been inspired to follow the way of St. Francis of Assisi, joyfully bringing the Gospel message to people of every age and culture.

In that spirit, the Franciscan Friars of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus have dedicated themselves to serving the People of God along the East coast for over a century.

“Holy Name Province is an evangelical and missionary fraternity called to minister in the Eastern United States and abroad. Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition, we are disciples of Christ who seek to bring the Gospel into the everyday experience of all people through Franciscan witness, popular preaching, teaching, and pastoral leadership. We foster Christian discipleship by collaborating with those whom we serve and by standing in solidarity with all people, especially the alienated, the immigrant, and the poor.”

We are the largest province of the world-wide Order of Friars Minor (O.F.M.) in the United States, with men ministering in colleges, urban ministry centers, parishes, overseas missions and a wide variety of social services reaching out to the very poor in our society. Following the popular spirit of St. Francis of Assisi we try to meet people where they are and respond to the genuine needs of the least of the Lord’s brothers and sisters.

Member Statistics
Postulants: 3 Priests: 190
Novices: 5 Brothers:  51
Simply Professed: 14 Bishops: 2
Solemnly Professed: 245 Missionaries: 6
Total Members (plus postulants): 267
Revised: Sept. 1, 2020