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 from six to 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.