The Franciscan Brothers’ 15th decade included the acceptance of new ministries in the Dioceses of Cape Girardeau, MO and Paterson, NJ. As the Brothers entered the New Millennium, the congregation began to look at stewardship of resources. With the closure and sale of St. Francis Center in Oyster Bay, the novitiate was moved to Padua Friary in Kings Park with a re-vitalization of the Franciscan Brothers’ formation program. The growth and expansion of our Education institutions continued. In 2008, the Franciscan Brothers celebrated 150 years of Franciscan life and ministry in the United States.