Where We Serve

Franciscans serve where their talents take them – and where the needs are greatest. The 140 friars of St. John the Baptist Province devote their lives to the search for God in a communal life of poverty, prayer, and service to others. We are parish and campus ministers; hospital, military and prison chaplains; teachers and administrators in high schools, colleges and formation programs; writers, artists and musicians; skilled craftsmen; preachers, retreat directors and spiritual advisers; directors of antipoverty programs; and missionaries. Most of the friars of SJB Province live and work in Ohio, Michigan, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Texas, and Washington, D.C. Globally, our friars minister in Jamaica and the Philippines. The ministries we sponsor share and reflect our Franciscan values, mission and charism:

Sponsored Ministries of St. John the Baptist Province

Franciscan Media, Cincinnati, Ohio
One of America's largest publishers of popular, inspirational and educational Roman Catholic spirituality resources, Franciscan Media seeks to help Christians grow closer to God by creating inspiring and innovative multimedia products in the spirit of St. Francis, meeting individuals where they are on their personal faith journeys. Its flagship publication, St. Anthony Messenger magazine, was founded in 1893.

Friars Club, Cincinnati, Ohio
Friars Club is a 155-year-old non-profit social service organization dedicated to serving the special needs of Cincinnati’s at-risk children through organized sports, activity, nutrition and fitness. Friars seeks to empower children at risk by helping them develop strength, stability and self-sufficiency. The new facility for Friars Club opened in September 2014, next to Roger Bacon High School.

Jamaica Missions: Negril and Savanna-la-mar
Catholics are few in number but strong in spirit in the western part of this island nation, where friars have ministered since the year 2000.

Mary, Gate of Heaven Catholic Church in Negril bustles with day-to-day outreach programs. St. Anthony’s Kitchen serves hot meals Monday through Friday to guests, and breakfast to children on their way to school. The Get Kids to School Programme sponsors 72 children, providing uniforms, supplies and transportation. (Phone: 876-957-4900; Fax: 876-957-4625.


St. Joseph Parish in Savanna-la-Mar, which sits quietly off the main drag of the largest town in the diocese, is blessed by the presence of take-charge lay leaders and dependable parish committees. St Joseph parish, Sav la Mar, Jamaica

Roger Bacon High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
Founded in 1928 by the Franciscans of St. John the Baptist Province, Roger Bacon is a Catholic high school that strives to develop the hearts, minds, and bodies of its young men and women in a caring and challenging environment.

National Shrine of St. Anthony, Cincinnati, Ohio
A spiritual refuge for pilgrims who come here for daily prayer, contemplation and the weekly novena to St. Anthony.
Opened in 1889, the Shrine remains a place of peace, hope and communion with God and nature.

St. Francis Retreat House, Easton, Pa.
Since 1961, the retreat house has been committed to spreading the Gospel through programs that offer a holistic approach to human and spiritual growth in a quiet, comfortable and uniquely Franciscan environment. St. Francis Retreat House Easton PA | A Place of Peace []

St. Francis Seraph Ministries, Cincinnati, Ohio
An inner-city outreach program, St. Francis Seraph Ministries works to nourish and nurture body, mind and spirit in Over-the-Rhine through Bag Lunch Ministries, Cooking for the Family, Sarah Center, Soup Kitchen and Trihealth Outreach Ministry. St. Francis Seraph Ministries []