The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement

Franciscan Friars of the Atonement General Council

Franciscan Friars of the Atonement are a Catholic Religious Community dedicated to bringing reconciliation and healing to a broken world. We do this by living, embracing and fostering the Franciscan spirit of
“At-One-Ment”—one with self, one with others, and one with God.

Inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, Fr. Paul Wattson, SA, Servant of God, founded the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement to walk as brothers alongside those who are lost and need God’s healing. We do this through a variety of ministries like St. Christopher’s Inn, Do Not Fear to Hope HIV+/AIDS Support Group, the Graymoor Spiritual Life Center, and various ecumenical centers and parish ministries throughout the world.

The Friars are devoted to ecumenism on a global scale, seeking to promote dialogue within the whole of Christianity and between all religions.

Learn More about the Friars History and Ministries