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Annual Good Friday Prayer Vigil

Join us at the Annual Good Friday Prayer Vigil on March 25th, 2016 at the Mega-Planned Parenthood, 671 Vandalia Street, St. Paul, MN, from 8:30 to 4:30 PM.  The brothers will be leading music throughout the morning as hundreds gather to carry the cross of abortion.  Area pastors of various denominations will lead those gathered in the reading of Scriptures and prayers throughout the day.  For more information visit: .


O’Donnell, Br. Paul Joseph
December 15th 1959 - February 20th 2015

Brother-PaulBeloved long time superior of the Franciscan Brothers of Peace of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Br. Paul Joseph O’Donnell, fbp, age 55, of St. Paul, formerly of Omaha, died February 20, 2015. Br. Paul was a dedicated, nationally recognized leader within the right-to-life movement, advocating for the human rights and dignity of the unborn, handicapped, elderly, and a heart for serving the spiritually and bodily poor. He was a cofounder and president of Pro-Life Action Ministries, founding board member of Human Life Alliance and chairman of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network. Deeply loved and survived by his religious community; Brothers, Joseph Katzmarek, Pio King, John Mary KaspariConrad Richardson, James Voeller, Seraphim Wirth, Maximilian Connelly, Juniper Barlett, Benedict Gerard Kelley, Dominic Michael Hart, and Postulants Nicholas Listi and Ricardo Pagba, all of St. Paul. Preceded in death by his parents, Charles (Danny) and Mary Kaye O’Donnell; and survived by five siblings; Stephen (Christene) O’Donnell, Diane Nyberg, Barbara (Rolland) McCann, Patrick O’Donnell and Kelly, Timothy (Theresa) O’Donnell; and twenty nieces and nephews.


Baby Joseph Maraachli video, "Thank You For Loving Me!"

Baby Joseph Maraachli with Br. Paul.

Br. Paul at the School of Law at Ave Maria University on March 31st, 2011. exposé: Planned Parenthood Aids a Pimp's Underage Sex Ring on January 13th, 2011.

Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network 2010 Life Prizes Award video.{youtube}_-YRUE8gdcs?rel=0"{/youtube}

Good Friday Prayer Vigil outside Planned Parenthood in St. Paul, MN on April 2nd, 2010.

Memorial video for Fr. Timothy Vakoc, Army Chaplain who was wounded in Iraq. Funeral mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul on June 26th, 2009.

Music video, "Beautiful Still," dedicated to Terri Schindler-Schiavo and the struggle to save her life from court ordered dehydration and starvation.

Br. Paul & Br. Conrad on the Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio with Fr. Rocky on May 5th, 2011.

Br. Paul on the Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio on March 31st, 2011.

Br. Paul on the Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio on March 22nd, 2011 (Interview begins at 39:15).

Br. Paul on the Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio on March 9th, 2011 (Interview begins at 36:40).

Br. Paul on the Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio on March 1st, 2011.

Br. Paul on the Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio on February 24th, 2011.

Br. Paul on the Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio on February 18th, 2011 (Interview begins at 20:20).

Br. Paul on the Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio on December 6th, 2010.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the Franciscan Brothers of Peace?
Founded in 1982 by Brother Michael Gaworski, we are a strongly Pro-Life Religious Brotherhood dedicated to giving our lives for love of our Lord Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church. Faithful to the Magisterium and 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.

What do you do?
We are committed to live and proclaim The Gospel of Life by praying and sidewalk counseling at abortion centers, assisting women and men with crisis pregnancies and defending the rights of brain-injured or otherwise severely disabled persons who cannot speak for themselves, as well as the elderly or any other vulnerable persons in danger of death by euthanasia, medical killing or care rationing. We befriend the homeless and outcast both on the streets and through our emergency food shelf and we provide sanctuary in our friary for international survivors of torture.

What is a Religious Brother?
A brother is a single, Catholic layman who lives his baptismal commitment by joining a religious community of vowed members dedicated to serving God and those around them. Religious brothers profess the evangelical counsels (vows) of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

What is the difference between a brother and a priest?
A brother is called to a life of prayer and service within a community of brothers who profess vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. A priest is called to administer the sacraments of the Church and generally serve in parishes of a diocese. Both are complete vocations in themselves. A priest-brother is one who is ordained and belongs to a religious community of men.

What is the formation process and length of time required before one would profess lifetime vows as a Franciscan Brother of Peace?
Postulancy is a time of observership which generally lasts twelve months. Novitiate is a time of deeper prayer and study as a member of the community and lasts for at least one canonical year. First profession of vows lasts a minimum of three years upon which one would then profess lifetime vows.

What are the basic requirements to become a candidate for admission to the Franciscan Brothers of Peace?
A candidate must be a practicing Catholic man between the ages of 18 and 35 and must be in a state of good mental, physical and emotional health. A candidate must be a high school graduate, free of major debt and a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident. A candidate must be without any canonical impediment (i.e. any previous marriage must be annulled; you have no dependent children, etc.).

Are donations to the Franciscan Brothers of Peace tax deductible?
We are a Minnesota Non-Profit 501(c)3 Corporation pursuant to the United States Internal Revenue Code. All donations are tax deductible.

Featured Video

Franciscan Brother of Peace Founder Michael Gaworski

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