Province Ministries

The friars are not called to undertake any particular work or mission; rather they are called to proclaim the Gospel in whatever way it needs to be done in any given time or place.  Any kind of mission undertaken by the friars is to show the values of fraternity and minoritas, which are proper to friars in whatever they might be called to do.

Friars make themselves available for the service of the Church and to help others, gladly undertaking even the humblest of tasks without expecting compensation. In their work friars take care to not extinguish the spirit of prayer and devotion, as they are reminded in the Rule, but remain committed to fostering even more intense prayer in order to make work fruitful.

In addition to the apostolates below, individual friars also serve in healthcare, teaching, and various ministries to the poor, elderly and marginalized.

Chicago Area

St. Bonaventure Friary

Provincial Residence & Postulancy (1st year of initial formation) Program

Mary, Mother of God Parish

The National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe (Marytown, Libertyville, IL)

Peoria, IL

St. Mary Catholic Church (Wenona, IL)

Detroit Area

St. Hedwig Cemetery (Dearborn Heights, MI)

St. Linus Church (Dearborn Heights, MI)

Milwaukee, WI

The Basilica of St. Josaphat 

St. Josaphat Parish School

Safeguarding Statement

The Franciscan Friars Conventual of St. Bonaventure Province are committed to creating safe environments for children and vulnerable adults.

Every friar in active ministry must complete training in Virtus (the National Catholic Risk Retention Group) and any other safe environment compliances required by the dioceses in which they serve.

In addition, St. Bonaventure Province has its own Safe Environment Commission that oversees the implementation and monitoring of the Province’s Policies, Procedures, and Protocols for Ethical Ministry with Minors and Vulnerable Adults. 

Any allegation regarding the Franciscan Friars Conventual of this Province receives an immediate response. This includes the Province’s full cooperation with local law enforcement authorities and Ordinaries who have ecclesial jurisdiction over these matters, as well as a duly diligent investigation by a qualified third party in order to substantiate credibility.