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As Catholic Religious Brothers, we are united in reverence for God our Father and His gift of life to all and seek to honor His Son, Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ, by sharing the Good News of Life, Love, Mercy, and Compassion. We invoke God the Holy Spirit — the Lord, the Giver of Life who is the infinite Font of light and life, strength and consolation.

Inspired by the life of St. Francis of Assisi and of our dearly beloved founder, Brother Michael Gaworski, fbp, we dedicate our lives completely to Christ our God, to Mary, His Most Holy Mother, and to His Holy Catholic Church, for the sake of all human beings made in the Image and Likeness of God in order to advance the Gospel of Life as proclaimed by our beloved Holy Father of blessed memory, Blessed John Paul the Great, and in union with His Holiness Pope Francis and his successors.

We recognize the inestimable value of each and every human life from fertilization to natural death, and we commit ourselves to love and defend the most vulnerable among us, the weak and poor in body and spirit.

We pray for God’s grace and strength as we strive to give witness to the sanctity of human life and to foster growth in holiness and spiritual life among all people. And we pray that all we do, both in word and in action, will be holy, true, and according to His most perfect will. 

 

               May Father, Son and Holy Spirit — the GOD of LIFE reign in our hearts forever! Amen.

    

“No one can have God as Father who does not have the Church as Mother.” — St. Cyprian
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We believe that the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church is the one true Church founded by Jesus Christ Himself as the extension of His Incarnation through time and space.
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With Christ as its invisible Head, the Catholic Church is a living communion of particular apostolic Churches, each overseen by the successors of the Apostles in full communion with the Bishop of Rome, the Vicar of Christ and the direct Successor of the Apostle Peter (the Rock), presiding in love as the Church’s visible head and principle of unity. As the Church is Christ’s Body on earth, it is protected by the promise of Jesus Christ to be guided by the Holy Spirit into all truth, protected from all error, and victorious over evil as He says “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18).

We cannot speak of fidelity to the Holy Church of God without speaking of our deep love and devotion to Mary, the most holy Mother of God and Queen of Peace, who is that most excellent Icon of the Church herself. We consecrate ourselves to her maternal care, venerate her sacred Image in our friary chapel and in each of our rooms, and implore her help and protection at every Divine Office. May she guide all of us to her Divine Son!

 

At the beginning of this Third Christian Millennium, we are committed to the New Evangelization proclaimed by our Holy Father of blessed memory, Pope John Paul the Great, to take advantage of this “springtime” for the Church and the unprecedented opportunity we have in the modern age to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our life as Brothers and our apostolate to the poor and vulnerable is intended to give a tangible, visible witness to Christ and His Church. May Jesus Christ be praised, now and forever!

Icon of the TrinityAs Roman Catholic Religious, we believe and profess all that the Catholic Church presents to us through our Holy Father, Benedict XVI and his successors, the Magisterium (the teaching authority of the Church), Sacred Apostolic Tradition (which includes the great Symbols [creeds] of the Faith that so beautifully define our belief in the One, Triune God) and Sacred Scripture.

Born during the pontificate of our Holy Father of blessed memory, Blessed John Paul the Great, we 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.

What We Believe

We are the first Religious Brotherhood canonically established in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, and we are under the authority of its archbishop.

As Roman Catholic Religious, we believe and profess all that the Catholic Church presents to us through our Holy Father, Francis and his successors, the Magisterium (the teaching authority of the Church), Sacred Apostolic Tradition (which includes the great Symbols [creeds] of the Faith that so beautifully define our belief in the One, Triune God) and Sacred Scripture.

 

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