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The friars of the USA Province recently gathered together for their annual assembly the week of June 12. Rather than a business-focused Chapter meeting, the week was more reflective and retreat-like and centered around the theme of compassion. Held at Techny Towers Retreat and Conference...

On Thursday, June 15, 2017, the Servite friars celebrated the solemn profession of Bro Leonardus Hambur, OSM, and Sebastian Soy Mulu, OSM, in the Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows, Chicago. Brother Leonardus was born in Ruteng, Indonesia in 1988, and Brother Sebastian was born in...

Fr. Lawrence M. Choate O.S.M., a solemn professed friar and priest of the Order of Friar Servants of Mary (Servites)-United States of America Province, died on Friday May 26 2017, at Our Lady of Sorrows Monastary, Chicago IL. He was 70 years of age and a...

FR. DAMIAN M. KOBUS, O.S.M. - a solemn professed friar and priest of the Order of Friar Servants of Mary -U.S.A. Province died very early Thursday morning, January 5, 2017, at Laurelhurst Nursing Facility, Portland, OR. He was ninety-four years of age, a friar for...

2016's Festival of Lights at the Grotto was a record breaker! Total attendance was the highest count ever at 83,050 visitors - and this in spite of having to close five nights due to severe weather. The previous record was 62,931 visitors and was set...

Bro. Brian M. Fitzpatrick, OSM, died Monday, November 28, 2016 at Annunciata Priory, Chicago, IL, where he ministered for 26 years. He was 79 years of age and a friar for 55 years. Visitation Friday, December 2, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Annunciata...

The Grotto is ranked at #18 on TripAdvisor's summer attraction trends. Congratulations. Click here for full story The Grotto is a National Catholic Shrine dedicated to Mary, Our Sorrowful Mother, which is a ministry of The Servite Friars – Order of Friar Servants of Mary. The Grotto...

The USA Province of Servite Friars is grateful to receive news of the appointment of Mandla Siegfried Jwara, C.M.M., as Vicar Apostolic of Ingwavuma in the Republic of South Africa. We offer Bishop-elect Jwara our sincere and heartfelt congratulations. We pray that his leadership will...

Fr. Philip Scherer, O.S.M. died Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 3:00 PM at St. Joseph’s Village, Chicago, IL. He was 95 years of age and a priest for 60 years. Visitation will be Friday, April 15, 2016, from 9:30-11:00am at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica, Chicago....

Fr. Gabriel M. Weber, O.S.M., a solemn professed friar and priest of the United States of America Province, died Wednesday evening, April 6, 2016, at Sandalwood Manor Nursing Facility, Wheat Ridge (Denver), Colorado. He was 92 year of age, a friar for 73 years, and...