About The Franciscan Friars
St. Francis of Assisi used this greeting when he met a stranger on the road or wrote to his brother friars. In the same spirit, we welcome you to our website.
We are the Franciscan friars of Holy Name Province, a branch of the worldwide Roman Catholic fraternity of the Order of Friars Minor that was founded by St. Francis of Assisi in 1223. As friars, we live in the communities to which we minister so that we may better serve our sisters and brothers by experiencing life alongside them.
The Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus is the largest group of Franciscan friars in the United States. Headquartered in New York City, our friars serve primarily in the East Coast with locations in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. There are also friars serving as missionaries in Asia and South America.
Since its founding in 1901, Holy Name Province has been characterized by the wide diversity of its ministries and a talent for innovative service. Today, we continue Francis’s mission to keep the Gospel message alive in our contemporary world.