Society of Saint Francis (SSF), Province of the Americas

Introduction to the community

The American Province of SSF was founded as the Order of St Francis in 1919 by Father Claude Crookston, who took the name Father Joseph. Under his leadership the community developed, based first in Wisconsin and then on Long Island, New York. The Order originally combined a monastic spirituality with a commitment to missions and evangelizing. In 1967, the OSF friars amalgamated with the Society of St Francis in the UK and became the American Province of SSF.

Our lives are structured around our times together of formal prayer and the Eucharist, which give our lives a focus. Brothers engage in a wide variety of ministries: community organizing, missions, work in parishes and institutions, counselling and spiritual direction, study, the arts, serving the sick and infirm and people with AIDS. We come from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultural traditions. Living with each other can be difficult, but we work hard to find common ground and to communicate honestly with each other. God takes our imperfections and, in the mystery of Christ’s body, makes us whole.

SSF Provinces worldwide

Contact details

Minister Provincial: 415 298 8708
415 861 7952

Addresses of houses:

San Damiano, 573 Dolores Street, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Tel: 415 861 1372
Fax: 415 861 7952

The Brothers SSF at the Cathedral Center of St. Paul, 840 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA  90026, USA
Tel: 213 878 9164

Mission House at St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W. 46th Street, New York, NY  10036, USA
Tel: 646 329 6313

Community information

Date of foundation:

Bishop Protector: Rt Revd Robert L Fitzpatrick, Bishop of Hawai’i


Third Order, Fellowship, Associates

See separate entry for the Third Order SSF.


Minister Provincial: Desmond Alban SSF
Assumed office 19 May 2017

Assistant Minister: Jude SSF


Antonio Sato
Damien Joseph
Robert Hugh

Novices: 3