The Franciscans first arrived on these shores on 10th September 1224. Blessed Agnellus of Pisa, who led this mission, had been chosen by St. Francis himself to go to England and become the first Minister Provincial. On this first voyage he was accompanied by eight Franciscan brothers; three of whom were English.
Franciscan spirituality strives to follow the poor and crucified Christ. We do that by living the Gospel of Jesus Christ in brotherhood.
Each Conventual community is unique, and due to their individual work or study commitments, timetables may vary from place to place. However, in all of our communities emphasis is always placed on private and common prayer throughout the day.
We are the Friars Minor Conventual, Catholic men dedicated to living the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the spirit of St Francis of Assisi.
We focus on the Gospel life, embraced by St Francis of Assisi, our Seraphic Father and founder. His light has been guiding us for eight centuries.
Our official title is the Order of Friars Minor Conventual. We are a Roman Catholic Religious Order founded by St. Francis of Assisi on 16th April 1209. Our rule was approved by Pope Honorius on 29th November 1223.
The Crusade of Mary Immaculate (Latin title: Militia Immaculatae) is a world-wide organisation founded on 16th October 1917 by Friar Maximilian Kolbe, our Conventual Franciscan confrere. It is a movement of prayer and personal consecration to Mary Immaculate, the Virgin Mother of God.