An American Friar, Provincial, and eventually the Franciscan Minister General, Basil Heiser was always a brother and a father to the Conventual Friars. Friar Wayne Hellmann remembers that he always encouraged others to be their best. He died shortly after his 100th birthday (when he celebrated Mass and preached the homily).
Friar Robert Bayer began his journey as a Conventual Franciscan in 1931. From his work in forming future leaders, to his own role as Minister Provincial, Fr. Robert 'Never Promised You a Rose Garden.' Friar Richard Kaley tells the story on this episode of The Call.
He wasn't famous, but Friar John Maurer's life encapsulates the Franciscan journey: from redemption - to encounter with Christ - to service to the poor. Friar Paul Schloemer tells the story of Brother John's journey in this podcast episode.
A contemporary of St. Maximilian Kolbe, +Friar Lucjan Krolikowski entered seminary in Niepokalanów, Poland in 1934 at age 15 and began an amazing journey of service and sacrifice. In 1940, he was taken prisoner by Soviet troops and sent to a concentration camp in Siberia. He was drafted into the Polish army before eventually gaining his freedom and becoming ordained a priest in 1946. "We prayed every day," he said. "Those who believe in God survived. Others couldn't find the means to go on." Friar Dan Lutolf tells his story.