Vocation Profile - Franciscan Brothers of Peace
Franciscan Brothers of Peace
St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN
Born during the pontificate of St. John Paul II, we Franciscans are a growing, strongly pro-life religious brotherhood dedicated to giving our lives for love of our Lord Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church. Following our own Statutes and the Third Order Regular Rule of St. Francis of Assisi, we strive to live a common life of prayer and repentance, fraternal love and support. We are committed to live and proclaim the Gospel of Life, devoting ourselves to serve and defend the most vulnerable of our society: the pre-born child, the severely disabled, survivors of torture, the poor and the homeless.
You must be a practicing Catholic man, regularly seeing a priest as your confessor for the sacrament of reconciliation and receiving the eucharist frequently. You must be in a state of good mental, physical and emotional health. A psychological exam may be required. You must be without any canonical impediment (i.e. any previous "marriage" must be annulled; you have no dependent children, etc.). You must be a high school graduate or have achieved its equivalent (G.E.D.). You must be free of major debt. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident prior to submitting application to us.
Discerning a possible vocation to our brotherhood becomes more focused when one is accepted into our postulancy program, a time of observership lasting 12 months. Formation officially begins at the start of the canonical novitiate (lasting at least one year). The man entering our novitiate is received by the Guardian Overall and the community at a liturgical celebration, in which the rites of tonsure (the cutting of the hair and reception of a new religious name) and investiture (clothing with the habit) take place. The novice then receives instruction in the Catholic faith by studying the Catechism, the Theology of the Body, the meaning of religious consecration by profession of the evangelical counsels, and Franciscan history and spirituality. The novice is also given a complete overview of our life as Franciscan Brothers of Peace, our history, charisms, spirituality and apostolic work. We also consider "formation through experience" to be vital to our formation program. A greater portion of the novice's day is set aside for prayer, silence and study. After the successful completion of the Novitiate, a brother is invited to profess simple vows, the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience, for a period of three years. Formation continues with ongoing study, particularly of the Holy Fathers, Catholic and Franciscan mysticism, with increased apostolic experience. Finally, a brother may profess lifetime vows and become a full member of the Franciscan Brothers of Peace. Even after this stage, ongoing formation is essential to a brother's life, and will continue until the end of his life.