The FRIENDS OF FRANCIS came into existence when a number of parishioners, from our parishes, asked how they could financially assist the Friars of the Province on a monthly basis in sponsoring students preparing for future ministry as friar priests and brothers. The Conventual Franciscans of Saint Joseph of Cupertino Province began an exciting new venture in 1999 with the establishment of the Province's Development Office. The FRIENDS OF FRANCIS became the original contacts for the new Development Office.
Over the years, the number of FRIENDS OF FRANCIS has increased and the scope of their monthly financial assistance has expanded. They assist the friars in these particular areas: the cost of formation for student friars preparing for future ministry within the Church, the cost of health care and retirement for senior friars, the cost of day-to-day financial operation of the province, and the cost of maintaining the Province's Mission in Vietnam.
Consider becoming a member of the Friend of Francis!
You, too, can help us. We need your prayers and your financial assistance. If you want to see Franciscan priests and brothers serving the Church in our challenging times, please consider becoming a monthly supporter by joining the wonderful works of the FRIENDS OF FRANCIS.
Every member of the Friend of Francis becomes a part of the Franciscan Family by being included in the daily prayers of the Friars and in a monthly Mass offered in each friary for the intentions of our benefactors. In addition, you will periodically receive mailings which update you on the Franciscan Ministries and prayer life. Some mailings include invitations to join the Friars in specific events and projects.