No. Franciscans are not monks and therefore we do not live a cloistered life in the monastery. As members of the Franciscan family, we do God’s work in the community. We attend daily Mass and gather twice daily for common prayer. We eat meals as a family, and at times, have special recreation together.
No. A Brother is a male member of a religious community and a special vocation in the Church. We profess vows and are involved in a variety of ministries, but do not administer sacraments as an ordained minister.
Maybe. Some Brothers may participate in theological classes for the purpose of spiritual formation, degree work, or advanced study. Generally speaking, however, a seminary is for those called to study for the priesthood.
Our Brotherhood conducts its own process called a Novitiate which is a program of formation lasting two to three years. The goal is living faith, living fraternal community life, and spiritual formation in the Franciscan tradition. After Novitiate, the Brother continues living community life and learning as well as a ministry assignment. At the completion of a five-year period of Temporary Profession of Vows a Brother is free to make his Perpetual Profession of Vows.
No. We wear our habit for liturgical events, Mass, prayers, meals and some community gatherings. We are free to wear regular clothing when we work outside, in the garden, when traveling a long distance, when we do household duties or have to do grocery shopping.