Religious Life

  • Like the Seraphic Father St. Francis, the Franciscans of the Immaculate strive to be perfectly conformed to the poor, humble,
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  • We are the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate, a religious community of sisters faithful to the Holy Father, the Pope.
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  • Our purpose is to make the Immaculate known and loved through the total consecration to Our Lady according to the
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Communities in the USA

  • Griswold, CT
  • New Bedford, MA
  • Maine, NY
  • Bloomington, IN
  • La Crosse, WI
  • Sisters - New Bedford, MA

Marian Friary of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Nestled in the woods of Eastern Connecticut, the Mother House of the FI in North America is built on land generously donated by the late Eileen Brown. Construction began in 1998, and was (mostly) completed in 2000, and the church was consecrated by Bishop Hart on August 25th, 2001. Perpetual adoration started on October 28th, 2001. The church is open 24 hours a day for prayerful visits, and our beautiful grounds are open from dawn to dusk. This friary is the home of our North American novitiate. Several stages of construction still remain to be carried out.

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Marian Friary of Our Lady, Queen of the Seraphic Order, at Our Lady's Chapel

In the bustling heart of New Bedford, Mass., one can find an oasis of peace and prayer. Built in 1950 by the Friars Minor, Our Lady's Chapel was entrusted to the friars in 1992. Perpetual adoration has been taking place since 2003, and is open 7 days a week from dawn till dusk. The friars provide daily mass and the sacrament of Reconciliation to the people of New Bedford. Our Lady's Chapel is also home to Radio CorMariae (WPMW 88.5FM) and our publishing company, The Academy of the Immaculate.

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Marian Friary of Our Lady, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, at Mt. St. Francis

With 150 acres of rugged terrain in the hills of Maine, NY, Mt. St. Francis offers an ideal place of prayer and solitude for religious and faithful alike, and is open for prayerful visits from dawn until dusk. It is the home of Holy Virgin Mary Radio (WHVM 91.9FM) and is the North American postulancy house where young men spend their first year of discernment and formation. Twelve rustic and isolated retreat cabins provide a perfect place for drawing closer to God.

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Marian Friary of Our Lady, Coredemptrix, at the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center

In 2005, the friars assumed the spiritual works and services of the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center which is open for both personal and group retreats. Other apostolates of the friars are With Our Mother Blest Catholic Radio (WOMB 89.9FM) which reaches the Bloomington/Ellettsville listening area, the promotion, printing and distribution of the monthly magazine "Missio Immaculatae" and the Internet apostolate of The retreat center and bookstore are open daily for prayerful visits.

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Marian Friary of Our Lady, Mediatrix of all Graces, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The presence of the friars at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe was requested by the Founder and Director of the Shrine, Raymond Cardinal Burke. The friars' apostolates include preaching, hearing confessions, organizing Marian symposiums, and giving talks to the pilgrims upon request. They also help with the Marian Catechist Apostolate, founded by Servant of God Fr. Hardon and now directed by Cardinal Burke, as well as assisting in local parishes when needed.

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Convent of the Sacred Hearts and St. Anthony

The Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate first came to America in 1993. In 2008 Fr. Roger Landry, who was at that time the pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church in New Bedford, requested their presence at his parish and they moved into the old convent attached to the church. After extensive renovations, they named the House of the Immaculate "Most Sacred Hearts and St. Anthony." The sisters assist at the parish with Catechism and devotions, as well as helping the friars with the Day With Mary and MIM apostolates.

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Missio Immaculatae

Making the Blessed John Duns Scotus Film

An Interview with Fr. Alphonse Bruno, FI, the Producer

An Article By Fr. Louis Maximilian Smith, FI

An inside look at the film produced by the Franciscans of the Immaculate in Italy--"Duns Scotus: Defender of the Immaculate Conception." A personal interview with the film's producer, Fr. Alphonse M. Bruno, FI, and the action behind the scenes.

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Vocation Video

FI Vocations Video

Vocation Inquiry

If you are interested to know more about our religious life, please contact us to meet with us or to come visit our community.

Fr. Jacinto M. Chapin, FI
Vocation Director
Marian Friary “Immaculate Mediatrix of All Graces”
P.O. Box 1237
La Crosse, WI 54602
Phone: (608)796-1300

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