Franciscan Friars of the Renewal

About Us

The Community of Franciscans of the Renewal (CFR)

was begun in the Bronx in 1987 by eight Capuchin Franciscan friars desiring to work more definitively for personal and communal reform within the Catholic Church. The community seeks to revive the values and apostolic efforts of the original Capuchin reform movement of the sixteenth century.

We strive to live the Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in the footsteps of Saint Francis of Assisi. A corporate fidelity to the Holy Father and Church teachings, filial love of Mary and the Saints, daily contemplation and liturgical prayer centered in the Holy Eucharist, fraternal life, material poverty and manual work are the essential components of this renewal.

Our community is actively engaged in the New Evangelization by means of an extensive preaching apostolate and in hands-on work with the materially poor and destitute.


Franciscans Friars of the Renewal
Rebuilding the Church…

by a life of prayer ...
 In our vocation as disciples of Jesus Christ, and as true sons of St. Francis, we strive both individually and communally to become authentic men of prayer by means of:
• Divine Office in common
• Holy Mass and Eucharistic adoration
• Meditation, contemplation and sacred reading
• Regular times of solitude

in fraterntiy ...
 We live together as brothers of one family, united in our love of Christ. The different talents and personalities of the brothers enhance our fraternal life in Christ.

through the apostolate ...
 The primary mission of our community is a wholehearted embracing of Jesus Christ and our Holy Father Saint Francis by means of:
• Prayer
• Living among the poor
• Hands-on work with the poor
(shelters, soup kitchens…)
• The New Evangelization (missions, retreats…)
• Pro-Life work

which is all yours, O Mary ...
 “Make our spiritual family a brand new expression of the original and fresh charism of your early Capuchin reform. Sanctify us and fill us with a radiating love. Grant us ardent, pure and generous hearts. Send us new brothers and sisters so that we may continue to glorify God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and increase the vitality of the Church.” (CFR Marian Consecration)

come and see ...

Catholic men in their 30’s or younger who are discerning a possible vocation:
If you are interested in finding out more about the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal or would like to plan a vocation visit, please contact: 

Fr. Emmanuel Mansford, CFR
St. Joseph Friary
523 West 142 Street
New York, NY 10031
(212) 281-4355

Fr. Gabriel Joseph Kyte, CFR
St. Pio Friary
Sedgefield Terrace
Westgate, Bradford

Also in Español:

For general unquiries ...


For general inquiries, contact us:

Friaries: USA

St. Crispin Friary
420 E. 156th St.
Bronx, NY 10455
(718) 665-2441

Our Lady of the Angels Friary
427 E. 155th St.
Bronx, NY 10455
(718) 993-3405 

St. Joseph Friary
523 W. 142nd St.
New York, NY 10031
(212) 234-9089

St. Leopold Friary
259 Nepperhan Ave.
Yonkers, NY 10701
(914) 965-8143

Most Blessed Sacrament Friary
375 13th Ave.
Newark, NJ 07103-2124
(973) 622-6622

St. Michael Friary
190 Butler St.
Paterson, NJ 07524
(973) 345-7082

St. Mary of the Assumption Friary
180 South Street
Newburgh, NY 12550
(914) 963-0250

San Juan Diego Friary
404 San Mateo Blvd., NE
Albuquerque, NM 87018
(505) 990-3001


St. Fidelis Friary
Killip Close
Canning Town
E161LX, UK
011 44 20-7474-0766

St. Pio Friary
Sedgefield Terrace
Westgate, Bradford
011 44 1274-721-989


St. Patrick Friary
64 Delmege Park
Moyross, Limerick City

St. Columba Friary
Fairview Rd.
Derry BT48 8NU
Northern Ireland
Ph: +44 28 7141 9980
(calling from USA)
011-44-2871 41 99 80


Convento San Serafin
Colonia Francisco Morazan
Apartado 331
Comayagua, Honduras CA
011 504-2-772-7998

Convento San Antonio
Apartado 283
Matagalpa, Matagalpa
Nicaragua, CA
011 505-2-772-2757


The primary mission of our community is a wholehearted embracing of Jesus Christ and our Holy Father St. Francis. Through our commitment to prayer and contemplation, the study of Sacred Scripture, and our fidelity to the Church and the Sacraments, our fraternal life, and our generous service to others, especially the poor, we receive nourishment necessary to live out our lives as sons of St. Francis in the Capuchin tradition.

-CFR Constitutions