About Us:

Our Lady of Guadalupe
The Friars of the Sick Poor of Los Angeles (fsp), are a Public Association of Consecrated Life in view of being erected in the future, and living as if we already are a Secular Institute of Diocesan Right.  We live, work and minister to the sick-poor and the marginalized within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and beyond. The community of the Friars of the Sick Poor was founded by Bro. Richard A. Hirbe, fsp, on December 12, 2001 and erected  by a Decree of Cardinal Roger Mahony, while he was the Archbishop of Los Angeles on April 04, 2002. We are a contemporary community of friars, "Living in the midst of the world," who are drawn together out of compassion and love in service to the sick-poor and marginalized, in imitation of Jesus in the Gospels. "They know we are Friars of the Sick Poor by the way we love one another". 


"Hope" is our charism through which we assist others to find meaning in their suffering and sickness, acknowledging it as being redemptive and inviting them to a fuller life within the church.  We are called to advocate on behalf of our brothers and sisters, who often cannot speak for themselves.


The Community is under the patronage of Our Lady of Guadalupe, finding confidence in the same words that she spoke to St. Juan Diego,  "Am I not here who am your mother?  Are you not under my shadow and protection?  Are you not in the crossing of my arms?  Is there anything else that you need?" The friars, out of devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, gather annually renew to their vows every year on the Vigil of her Feast, December 11th. 


Bro. Richard being canonically installed as Minister General of the Institute by Bishop Joseph Sartoris at St. Matthew's Church, Long Beach, CA on August 3, 2002, after which Bro. Richard was then able to receive the vows of the first friars in the presence of Sr. Faith Clark, SNJM, Vicar for Religious and the entire assembly.

Fraternity - They will know we are Friars of the Sick Poor...
by the way we love and respect one another.....

Bro. Adam Benedict sending Bro. Cesar off to St. John's Seminary with a fraternal embrace, best wishes and a blessing.
Ministering and living within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in various apostolates among the sick poor and marginalized.