Franciscans of the Immaculate

A Life of Charity, Supernatural Obedience and Poverty.

Established in 1990

Like the Seraphic Father St. Francis, the Franciscans of the Immaculate strive to be perfectly conformed to the poor, humble, crucified Jesus through a life of charity, supernatural obedience and poverty.

They are totally consecrated to the Immaculate Virgin after the recent example offered by St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe. The Franciscans of the Immaculate were founded by the two Franciscan friars, Fr. Stefano Maria Manelli and Fr. Gabriel Maria Pellettieri. Together they outlined a form of life for the friars, sisters and the laity after the example of St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, giving the fullest expression to the Marian dimension of St. Francis’ ideal and Rule.

The Franciscans of the Immaculate was established by Pope John Paul II in 1990 as a diocesan institute. The Institute was erected as a pontifical institute of religious life by His Holiness John Paul II in January 1, 1998, Solemnity of the Mother of God.

Meet Our Resident Friars

Shrine History

In 2007, then-Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke approached the Franciscans of the Immaculate to request their direction of pastoral care and spiritual assistance at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. On July 13, 2008, three Franciscans of the Immaculate arrived in La Crosse to begin their residence at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  The Friary is dedicated to Franciscan theologian Blessed John Duns Scotus.

The Franciscans of the Immaculate provide spiritual assistance and pastoral care for pilgrims in the form of preaching, celebration of the Sacraments, and delivering talks to groups of pilgrims upon request. The Friars also assist in the spiritual and doctrinal formation of members of the Marian Catechist Apostolate, the altar-boys Guild, Our Lady’s Knights of the Altarand the Troops of Saint George.