The Friars are a Roman Catholic religious order of men who work in various ministries. Some serve in parishes. Others are at work at St. John’s Hospice down on Vine Street and one is a chaplain at Curran-Fromhold prison.
They had been living in West Philly but purchased the former St. Joachim convent at 1509 Church Street and have now moved in.
The residence is called a Friary and along with the Friars are postulants who are young men in the process of deciding whether they will join the order.
Early in 2017 there will be a daily Mass, Monday through Saturday, open to the public at St. Joachim Church. The times and other details will be made public as they become available.
If you see any of the Friars or postulants in the neighborhood, say hello. They are a friendly group and are getting to know the community.