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The Order of Friars Minor (OFM) is a worldwide Catholic religious Order with its headquarters in Rome. The Order is divided into entities known as Provinces and Custodies.

The Holy Spirit Province (Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei) is led by a Provincial Minister who is elected for a six year term. He is assisted in this duty by a provincial vicar and a provincial council – a total of six friars who share this service of leadership within the brotherhood.

As followers of St Francis, the friars live as he did, in fraternity with their brothers in Christ. Each community of friars lives in a household or “friary” where all goods are shared by all and yet not owned by any one person. It is a simple life of prayer, ministry and brotherhood.

australiaprovinceEach friar also has his own “job” or ministry, such as parish priest, counsellor, chaplain, lecturer, ethicist, retreat giver, teacher, and he conducts this in the Franciscan charism. Despite their various roles in ministry to others, the friars come together for daily prayers, meals, celebrations and recreation time.

As well as the friars who belong to the Holy Spirit Province, there are other friars living in Australia who originate from overseas Provinces, including Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Malta, Poland and Slovenia. These friars serve as migrant chaplains to their compatriots living in Australia.

There are some friars who live outside of a community due to study or postings overseas. Currently, there are Australian friars living in the Holy Land, Jordan, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

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Friaries are located in:

Campbelltown, Edgecliff, Paddington, Thirroul and Waverley (the Provincial office and of the Commissariat of the Holy Land are also located here).

Box Hill friary (Yarra Theological Union and St Paschal Library are also on the property).

Deeragun and Kedron

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