St. Francis Barracks, once the home of the sons of St. Francis, is perhaps the only religious edifice ever taken and used continuously by the United States for military purposes. This came about through the treaty made with Spain and not by an act of hostility against the Catholic Church. The Franciscans will probably never again take possession of their ancient home. Surely, though, some day-and may it be soon-there will be some place in Florida to which they will be called to renew the work so successfully and efficiently performed by their saintly and courageous predecessors.
Mohr, Charles H. O.S.B.
"St. Francis Barracks, St. Augustine; The Franciscans in Florida,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 7
, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol7/iss3/5