Native American Ministry

Bishop Olmsted entrusted the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit with the pastoral and spiritual care of the Native Americans in the Diocese of Phoenix. The major thrust of this apostolate are the 11 Catholic mission churches on four of the reservations in the Diocese of Phoenix: Gila River, Salt River, Ak-Chin, and the San Lucy District of Tohono O’odham.

Our Native American parishioners and the unique aspects of their culture and heritage are a gift to the Church. We seek to elevate and illuminate the richness of their traditions with the beauty of the gospel. As such, the most crucial part of our ministry is the celebration of the Sacraments to bring grace and the very real, transformative love of Christ to our communities. Through them we want to accompany our parishioners in their walk with the Lord, in the midst of celebration and joy as well as in the grief of sickness, loss, or tragedy. Our parishes also offer bible studies, youth groups, religious education, men’s and women’s groups, and adult catechesis to hand on the fullness of our Catholic faith.

We are blessed to also work alongside a number of permanent deacons, the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity who operate St. Peter Indian School in Bapchule serving over 200 Native children from Pre-K to 8th grade, the Consolata Missionary Sisters, and lay leaders among the Native peoples we serve.

To view our different mission churches, you can visit the Diocesan website.

Inner City Ministry

In the Spring of 2019, Fr. Athanasius Fornwalt, FHS accepted the invitation of Archbishop Allen Vigneron to become the Parochial Administrator of St. Mary of Redford Parish in Detroit, MI and to move our Greyfriars House of Studies into the adjacent rectory. Our ministry at St. Mary of Redford includes managing day-to-day operations, celebration of the Sacraments, catechesis and faith formation, sacramental preparation, and evangelical outreach to the surrounding neighborhoods.

You can visit St. Mary of Redford’s website to learn more.


Christ commissioned the disciples to share the gospel with the entire world. Particularly in our time, when scandals have rocked the Church and society is rife with ideologies that are hostile to authentic Catholic doctrine, we feel a great responsibility to boldly proclaim the truth and to lead souls to an encounter with Christ that is life-changing and impels them to strive for sainthood. We do this primarily through our own penitential way of life and on-going conversion; we seek to take up our cross daily and follow Christ in order to be conformed to our crucified Lord.

Our way of life flows out into an evangelical mission rooted in the tradition of the Church and expressed through the Traditional Latin Mass, adoration, the rosary and traditional catechetical instruction. As friars of the Holy Spirit we emphasize a relationship with the Holy Spirit through praise and worship, Bible studies, parish missions and healing Masses. Our hope is that the people of God encounter His love and enter into regular participation in His Sacraments.

The missionary nature of our community leaves us open to invitations for ministry through parish missions, talks, retreats, etc. If you would like us to consider an opportunity at your parish, please complete the Request a Friar form.