Franciscans of the Immaculate
“Only in the Immaculate does Franciscan life come to the height of its perfection and enable one to attain the maximum conformity to Jesus Who is our whole sanctity (Rom. 8:29).” -Fr. Stefano Manelli
The Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate are a Franciscan reform begun at Frigento, Italy, in 1970 with permission of the Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual. Father’s Stefano Maria of the Angels and Gabriele Maria of the Annunciation named this reform Casa Mariana, that is “A Marian Home,” for it was to be nothing other than a return to the ideals and life of St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe at Niepokalanow (polish for “the Immaculate’s”). There St. Maximilian began the renewal of the Franciscan Order by returning to the Marian spirit of St. Francis.