Do you live in a cloistered monastery?
No. Franciscans are not monks and therefore, we do not live a cloistered life in the monastery. We are actually are Brothers, members of the Franciscan family, and we live, work, and go about the community doing God’s work. We attend daily Mass and gather twice daily for common prayer. We eat meals as a community family, and at times, have special recreation together.
Are Brothers priests?
No. The vocation of a Brother is a special vocation in the Church. A Brother is a male member of a religious community. He, too, professes vows and is involved in a variety of ministries, though he does not administer sacraments as an ordained minister.
Do the Brothers attend a seminary for training?
Maybe. Some Brothers may participate in theological classes for the purpose of spiritual formation, degree work, or further study. However, generally speaking, a seminary is for those called to study for a diocese leading to ordination to 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 5 year period of Temporary Profession of Vows a Brother is free to make his Perpetual Profession of Vows.
Do you wear your habit all of the time?
No. We do not wear our religious habit all the time. We wear our habit for liturgical events, Mass, prayers and at meals. There are other times when we wear our habit that have to do with our ministry, and for special times of 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.
Do you allow visitors to your monastery?
Yes! We welcome a visit. We would like to have written communication with anyone interested in visiting before making a visit. We want to make sure that the time-frame is mutually agreeable to us so and that we have ample time for a visit.
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