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Community Servant

Conrad

Profession of Vows: October 4th, 1998
Hometown: Arvada, Colorado
What I Did Before I Entered: I lived in a house of discernment for men considering the priesthood and religious life and worked as a certified nursing assistant caring for the disabled and elderly.
Hobbies and Interests: Singing, playing the Irish tin whistle and Native American flute, movies, hiking and nutrition. I enjoy reading the sayings of the desert Fathers and Mothers of the Church and have a special devotion to praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Jesus Prayer.
Favorite Part of Daily Life: Spending time with my brothers in prayer, ministry, recreation and sharing a good laugh.
Most Challenging Part of Daily Life: Dying to things that are of me, so I can be the things that are of the Lord.
Some Favorite Saints: St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi, St. Conrad of Parzham, St. Augustine of Hippo, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Maria Faustina, Pope St. John Paul the Great, St. Teresa of Calcutta, Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati and Bl. Solanus Casey.
Advice to Men Interested In Our Way of Life: In addition to praying before the Blessed Sacrament, make a point to speak with a religious brother or your pastor, as well as your family and friends. Make a “Come & See” visit to a religious community. As scripture says, “Be not afraid!”
Contact Brother Conrad: conrad@brothersofpeace.org 

 

VicarSeraphim

Profession of Vows: October 30th, 2010
Hometown: Sauk Rapids, Minnesota
What I Did Before I Entered: In addition to being a student, I worked many jobs including laboratory technician.
Hobbies and Interests: I enjoy fishing.
Favorite Part of Daily Life: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and praying the Liturgy of the Hours.
Some Favorite Saints: St. Francis of Assisi and St. Joseph.
Contact Deacon Seraphim:
seraphim@brothersofpeace.org 

 

James

Profession of Vows: October 3rd, 2000
Hometown: Rugby, North Dakota
What I Did Before I Entered: Worked as a mechanical engineer.
Hobbies and Interests: Walking, biking, gardening, cooking and sports.
Favorite Part of Daily Life: Structured activities like prayer, ministry and work.
Most Challenging Part of Daily Life: Non-active times and free time.
Some Favorite Saints: St. Francis of Assisi, St.Teresa of Calcutta, St. Theresa of Avila and Saint Pope John Paul II the Great.
Advice to Men Interested In Our Way of Life: Be true to your Faith and be sincere and honest with yourself. Allow others to help guide your discernment such as your Pastor or a spiritual director.
Contact Brother James: james@brothersofpeace.org 

 

Pio

Profession of Vows: October 4th, 1991
Hometown: Minot, North Dakota
What I Did Before I Entered: After nine years of college I worked for four years as an organic chemist.
Hobbies and Interests: Biking, reading and sports.
Favorite Part of Daily Life: Wide variety of ministry, work and prayer.
Most Challenging Part of Daily Life: Trying to keep a balance between work and prayer.
Some Favorite Saints: St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Lawrence (deacon)
Advice to Men Interested In Our Way of Life: Get a good spiritual director, pray regularly in particular to the Holy Spirit for help with discernment.
Contact Brother Pio: pio@brothersofpeace.org

 

JohnMary

Profession of Vows: October 4th, 1991
Hometown: Hibbing, Minnesota
What I Did Before I Entered: I managed retail stores.
Hobbies and Interests: Bicycling, reading and cross country skiing
Favorite Part of Daily Life: Recreating with my brothers.
Most Challenging Part of Daily Life: Overcoming my personal pride.
Some Favorite Saints: St. Francis of Assisi, St. John Marie Vianney, St. Bernadette
Advice to Men Interested In Our Way of Life: Persevere in prayer and daily commit your will to God’s will which is revealed through the advice and recommendations of one’s superior.
Contact Brother John Mary:  johnmary@brothersofpeace.org

 
Joseph

Profession of Vows: October 4th, 1993
Hometown: Bloomington, Minnesota
What I Did Before I Entered: I worked with autistic children.
Hobbies and Interests: Canoeing, playing cribbage and outdoor recreation.
Favorite Part of Daily Life: Praying night prayer (compline).
Most Challenging Part of Daily Life: Having to deal with bad things that happen to good people.
Some Favorite Saints: St. Therese of Liseux, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Joseph of the Holy Family, St. Joseph of Cupertino, St. Kateri Tekakwitha.
Advice to Men Interested In Our Way of Life: Listen to what God wants for you.
Contact Brother Joseph: joseph@brothersofpeace.org 

 

DominicMichael Profession of Vows: November 21, 1981
Hometown: Orange, NJ
What I Did Before I Entered: Worked as a pharmacy technician.
Hobbies and Interests: Spiritual reading, long walks, spending time with friends.
Favorite Part of Daily Life: Eucharistic adoration, Holy Mass and sharing meals with the brothers.
Most Challenging Part of Daily Life: Striving to live community life with all of it’s ups and downs, one day at a time.
Some Favorite Saints: Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Dominic, St. Francis, St. Clare and St. Therese of the Child Jesus, St. Lucy Filippini.
Advice to Men Interested in Our Way of Life: Come & See by experiencing community life and take time to pray daily for your vocation through the intercession of our Blessed Mother. Contact Brother Dominic Michael: dominicmichael@brothersofpeace.org

 
Profession of Vows: Novice
Hometown: Belton, TexasPaschal
What I Did Before I Entered: I worked in youth ministry, and I lived in a Catholic men's household preparing for our vocations: we prayed together, shared meals, and fought zombies (or other house recreation)
Hobbies and Interests: Swimming laps, playing catch, snowshoeing (new, but awesome), playing saxophone, art museums, journaling God's graces, singing praise & worship to God, making a spiritual pilgrimage, noticing a wonder of nature.
Favorite Part of Daily Life: Spending face time in the chapel with the Lord Jesus Christ, who is hidden in the Holy Eucharist
Most Challenging Part of Daily Life: Reconciling - mending strained relationships with brothers (but it's so worth it)
Some Favorite Saints: Pope St. John Paul II, St. Kateri, St. Nicholas, St. John the Beloved Disciple, St. Joseph Terror of Demons, St. Paschal Baylon, St. Francis & St. Clare, Mary Mother of the Eucharist, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal-Lourdes-Guadalupe-Fatima, Our Lady of Victory.
Advice to Men Interested In Our Way of Life: Be converted each day closer to the Lord. Strive to be a man of your word. Practice reconciling with others (Mt 5:23, Mt 18:15). Ask a holy priest/deacon to meet with you for spiritual direction once a month. Make a good Confession about once a month. Do that one thing today that you know will improve your life. Take care of your physical, mental and emotional health. Don't wait for all the vocation answers, take a risk and make the next good step.
Contact Brother Paschal: paschal@brothersofpeace.org
 
Profession of Vows: Novice
Hometown: San Gregorio, Santa Rosa, Nueva Ecija, PhilippinesAntonio
What I Did Before I Entered: After spending six years in Osaka, Japan, exercising my expertise in management with a degree in Business Administration, I moved to America in 2011. I enrolled in the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute at St. Paul Seminary from 2012 to 2014. In May of 2016, I graduated from Century College with a major in Horticulture (Landscape Design Technician).
Hobbies and Interests: I like cooking, hiking, canoeing, fishing, landscaping and gardening.
Favorite Part of Daily Life: Spending time with Jesus in prayer, developing good relationships with the brothers, continuing to meet other people and maintaining and beautifying the gardens.
Most Challenging Part of Daily Life: The most challenging part is with the language barrier. I want to see myself speak fluent English someday. Also, practicing leadership and communicating with people well. I need to balance my time in everyday activities.
Some Favorite Saints: My favorite Saints are, the Blessed Mother as Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady of Lourdes, Saint Mother Teresa, St. Theresé of the Child Jesus of Lisieux, San Antonio de Padua, St. Benedict Abbot, St. Joseph of Cupertino, St. Padre Pio, St. Francis and San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila.
Advice to Men Interested In Our Way of Life: Allow the seeds of faith to grow into your heart first and then once they burst into bloom, share with others.The daily prayers and spiritual reading are my tools to strengthen my vocation and to live with simplicity, humility, with love and joy. To follow in the footsteps of our Seraphic Father, St. Francis of Assisi is my treasure. So, "Let us go out into the world and remind everybody by our example and practicing our faith to turn to God because our actions speak louder than words. Let our words teach and our actions speak." May the Spirit of God awaken in us a desire to work together to build God's kingdom in striving for unity, peace, love and sacrifice with our Lord Jesus Christ.

Contact Brother Antonio: antonio@brothersofpeace.org

FBP's   2005
6:30 am Lauds (Morning Prayer)
7:00 Holy Mass
7:30 Breakfast / Daily Meeting
8:00 Lectio Divina / Personal Prayer
9:00 Apostolate / Assigned Duties
11:45 Midday Prayer / Lunch
1:00 pm Apostolate / Assigned Duties
5:00 Vespers (Evening Prayer) / Eucharistic Adoration
6:00 Angelus / Dinner with Spiritual Reading
7:00 Recreation
8:30 Compline (Night Prayer)
9:00 Spirit of Silence

Horarium may vary on special Feasts or occasions.

Our Life

Prayer

Dynamic Orthodoxy

We seek to worship God correctly—and this is what “orthodoxy” actually means. The Latin axiom, “Lex orandi, lex credendi” (the law of prayer [worship] is the law of belief) assures us that proper worship of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit and our growth in love of Him in full communion with His Church should be the foundation of our lives as Catholics—expressed in our daily participation in the Divine Liturgy of the Church: the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, attentive participation in the Liturgy of the Hours, Eucharistic Adoration, and the development within each of us of “unceasing prayer” as the great Apostle Paul encourages us. Without correct worship of God, our formation as Catholics and Christians will become distorted.

We use the term “dynamic” to indicate our desire to immerse ourselves in the living, flowing stream of Sacred Tradition (the life of the Holy Spirit in the Church). The fact that our Brotherhood was founded during the acclaimed Pontificate of our beloved Holy Father of blessed memory, Saint John Paul II, and is now blessed to participate in the proper and full implementation of the prescriptions of Vatican II under the guidance of the Holy Spirit by His Holiness, Pope Francis, is a point of great excitement and joy for us. Even at 2,000 years of age, the Catholic Church is young, as Pope Benedict has said—a living, dynamic presence of transfiguration in our fallen world.

 

Prayer from our Way of Life

We believe that Our Lord has called us to live a life of prayer; we strive together for personal and communal holiness through our shared prayer life. Our desire is to cultivate a spirit of praise and thanksgiving, singing gratefully to God from our hearts in psalms, hymns and inspired songs.

We will seek the Lord with all our strength. We desire that each brother put his whole heart, mind and spirit into our communal and personal prayer lives. “When you seek Me you shall find Me, when you seek Me with your whole heart.”

We are a Eucharistic community, so we center our lives around the Eucharist. Since Jesus is the Bread of Life, we attend daily Mass to be nourished at the Lord’s Altar and thus to be united with our Catholic brothers and sisters. We adore and honor Jesus, present in the Eucharist, as the Living Center of our community during Mass and daily Eucharistic Adoration. We pray together the Liturgy of the Hours on a daily basis.

We commit ourselves to the praying and study of Sacred Scripture. We study and learn the doctrinal teachings of the Catholic Church. The Church is our Mother, and we feel called to renew ourselves so we can call others to closer union with God and His Church.

We will strive to live a life of utter dependence on God our Father. We realize that we can be successful only by listening to and following His Holy Will as given to us by the Holy Spirit through the Church and our religious superiors. We must remember that prayer is more powerful than anything we can achieve through our own actions.


We will strive to have a fervent devotion to the Mother of God, the Blessed Virgin Mary, especially under the title of “Queen of Peace.” We ask for her intercession, so that we may experience the peace of Christ in our hearts and be peace-makers in a world filled with violence and injustice.

FBPFrom our Brotherhood Ideal

As Franciscans, radical love and zeal for Jesus Christ and the service of His Kingdom is the central charism of our brotherhood. This is the core of our identity as brothers; it forms and directs our life together.

We desire to know, love and serve Jesus, as fully as possible, in this life. This is the criterion by which we judge and discern everything about our life as a brotherhood.

Like St. Francis of Assisi, we will strive to surrender all things to Christ, holding on to nothing, desiring only to love and serve Him. We want what He wants, for we love Him above all else.

From our Way of Life

We believe that Our Lord has called us together to live as “brothers” in the fullest sense of the word. We must humble ourselves, for we know that “men cannot be brothers if they are not humble.” We strive to rid ourselves of all worldly ambition and forget self. We desire to be servants of the Lord. Concentrating on the needs of our brothers, we try to serve and encourage one another as members of one body in Christ.

We seek to dwell together in unity, having the Holy Spirit as our guiding force. We desire to be of one heart, mind and spirit in all that we do. We aim to defer to one another. From now on we are no longer alone; in all things we do we must consider our brothers. Supporting each other in our mutual calling, we strive to challenge each other to growth in Christ.

 

The Lord teaches us to be grateful that we have brothers who want Jesus as their only treasure and portion. Therefore, we should love one another. We show the greatest love for a brother when we lay down our lives for him, encouraging him to set his heart and his mind more fully on loving and serving the Lord Jesus.

Following the example of Jesus and His love for all people, as well as the example of St. Francis’ love for the poor, we open our hearts and our homes to receive as guests all whom the Lord may send. We will serve and welcome them as Christ, with great love and courtesy. We invite all guests to share in our prayer life as well as our home, our food and all the gifts that God has given us.




We shall establish our missionary dwellings in places that we perceive to be most in need of a clear and visible witness of Christ’s peace and reconciliation. We shall strive to be witnesses of this peace and reconciliation through our communal life of fidelity to prayer and repentance—our conversion to Jesus, the practice of fraternal charity and our spiritual and corporal works of mercy.

Subcategories

Community Servant

Conrad

Profession of Vows: October 4th, 1998
Hometown: Arvada, Colorado
What I Did Before I Entered: I lived in a house of discernment for men considering the priesthood and religious life and worked as a certified nursing assistant caring for the disabled and elderly.
Hobbies and Interests: Singing, playing the Irish tin whistle and Native American flute, movies, hiking and nutrition. I enjoy reading the sayings of the desert Fathers and Mothers of the Church and have a special devotion to praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Jesus Prayer.
Favorite Part of Daily Life: Spending time with my brothers in prayer, ministry, recreation and sharing a good laugh.
Most Challenging Part of Daily Life: Dying to things that are of me, so I can be the things that are of the Lord.
Some Favorite Saints: St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi, St. Conrad of Parzham, St. Augustine of Hippo, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Maria Faustina, Pope St. John Paul the Great, St. Teresa of Calcutta, Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati and Bl. Solanus Casey.
Advice to Men Interested In Our Way of Life: In addition to praying before the Blessed Sacrament, make a point to speak with a religious brother or your pastor, as well as your family and friends. Make a “Come & See” visit to a religious community. As scripture says, “Be not afraid!”
Contact Brother Conrad: conrad@brothersofpeace.org 

 

VicarSeraphim

Profession of Vows: October 30th, 2010
Hometown: Sauk Rapids, Minnesota
What I Did Before I Entered: In addition to being a student, I worked many jobs including laboratory technician.
Hobbies and Interests: I enjoy fishing.
Favorite Part of Daily Life: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and praying the Liturgy of the Hours.
Some Favorite Saints: St. Francis of Assisi and St. Joseph.
Contact Deacon Seraphim:
seraphim@brothersofpeace.org 

 

James

Profession of Vows: October 3rd, 2000
Hometown: Rugby, North Dakota
What I Did Before I Entered: Worked as a mechanical engineer.
Hobbies and Interests: Walking, biking, gardening, cooking and sports.
Favorite Part of Daily Life: Structured activities like prayer, ministry and work.
Most Challenging Part of Daily Life: Non-active times and free time.
Some Favorite Saints: St. Francis of Assisi, St.Teresa of Calcutta, St. Theresa of Avila and Saint Pope John Paul II the Great.
Advice to Men Interested In Our Way of Life: Be true to your Faith and be sincere and honest with yourself. Allow others to help guide your discernment such as your Pastor or a spiritual director.
Contact Brother James: james@brothersofpeace.org 

 

Pio

Profession of Vows: October 4th, 1991
Hometown: Minot, North Dakota
What I Did Before I Entered: After nine years of college I worked for four years as an organic chemist.
Hobbies and Interests: Biking, reading and sports.
Favorite Part of Daily Life: Wide variety of ministry, work and prayer.
Most Challenging Part of Daily Life: Trying to keep a balance between work and prayer.
Some Favorite Saints: St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Lawrence (deacon)
Advice to Men Interested In Our Way of Life: Get a good spiritual director, pray regularly in particular to the Holy Spirit for help with discernment.
Contact Brother Pio: pio@brothersofpeace.org

 

JohnMary

Profession of Vows: October 4th, 1991
Hometown: Hibbing, Minnesota
What I Did Before I Entered: I managed retail stores.
Hobbies and Interests: Bicycling, reading and cross country skiing
Favorite Part of Daily Life: Recreating with my brothers.
Most Challenging Part of Daily Life: Overcoming my personal pride.
Some Favorite Saints: St. Francis of Assisi, St. John Marie Vianney, St. Bernadette
Advice to Men Interested In Our Way of Life: Persevere in prayer and daily commit your will to God’s will which is revealed through the advice and recommendations of one’s superior.
Contact Brother John Mary:  johnmary@brothersofpeace.org

 
Joseph

Profession of Vows: October 4th, 1993
Hometown: Bloomington, Minnesota
What I Did Before I Entered: I worked with autistic children.
Hobbies and Interests: Canoeing, playing cribbage and outdoor recreation.
Favorite Part of Daily Life: Praying night prayer (compline).
Most Challenging Part of Daily Life: Having to deal with bad things that happen to good people.
Some Favorite Saints: St. Therese of Liseux, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Joseph of the Holy Family, St. Joseph of Cupertino, St. Kateri Tekakwitha.
Advice to Men Interested In Our Way of Life: Listen to what God wants for you.
Contact Brother Joseph: joseph@brothersofpeace.org 

 

DominicMichael Profession of Vows: November 21, 1981
Hometown: Orange, NJ
What I Did Before I Entered: Worked as a pharmacy technician.
Hobbies and Interests: Spiritual reading, long walks, spending time with friends.
Favorite Part of Daily Life: Eucharistic adoration, Holy Mass and sharing meals with the brothers.
Most Challenging Part of Daily Life: Striving to live community life with all of it’s ups and downs, one day at a time.
Some Favorite Saints: Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Dominic, St. Francis, St. Clare and St. Therese of the Child Jesus, St. Lucy Filippini.
Advice to Men Interested in Our Way of Life: Come & See by experiencing community life and take time to pray daily for your vocation through the intercession of our Blessed Mother. Contact Brother Dominic Michael: dominicmichael@brothersofpeace.org

 
Profession of Vows: Novice
Hometown: Belton, TexasPaschal
What I Did Before I Entered: I worked in youth ministry, and I lived in a Catholic men's household preparing for our vocations: we prayed together, shared meals, and fought zombies (or other house recreation)
Hobbies and Interests: Swimming laps, playing catch, snowshoeing (new, but awesome), playing saxophone, art museums, journaling God's graces, singing praise & worship to God, making a spiritual pilgrimage, noticing a wonder of nature.
Favorite Part of Daily Life: Spending face time in the chapel with the Lord Jesus Christ, who is hidden in the Holy Eucharist
Most Challenging Part of Daily Life: Reconciling - mending strained relationships with brothers (but it's so worth it)
Some Favorite Saints: Pope St. John Paul II, St. Kateri, St. Nicholas, St. John the Beloved Disciple, St. Joseph Terror of Demons, St. Paschal Baylon, St. Francis & St. Clare, Mary Mother of the Eucharist, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal-Lourdes-Guadalupe-Fatima, Our Lady of Victory.
Advice to Men Interested In Our Way of Life: Be converted each day closer to the Lord. Strive to be a man of your word. Practice reconciling with others (Mt 5:23, Mt 18:15). Ask a holy priest/deacon to meet with you for spiritual direction once a month. Make a good Confession about once a month. Do that one thing today that you know will improve your life. Take care of your physical, mental and emotional health. Don't wait for all the vocation answers, take a risk and make the next good step.
Contact Brother Paschal: paschal@brothersofpeace.org
 
Profession of Vows: Novice
Hometown: San Gregorio, Santa Rosa, Nueva Ecija, PhilippinesAntonio
What I Did Before I Entered: After spending six years in Osaka, Japan, exercising my expertise in management with a degree in Business Administration, I moved to America in 2011. I enrolled in the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute at St. Paul Seminary from 2012 to 2014. In May of 2016, I graduated from Century College with a major in Horticulture (Landscape Design Technician).
Hobbies and Interests: I like cooking, hiking, canoeing, fishing, landscaping and gardening.
Favorite Part of Daily Life: Spending time with Jesus in prayer, developing good relationships with the brothers, continuing to meet other people and maintaining and beautifying the gardens.
Most Challenging Part of Daily Life: The most challenging part is with the language barrier. I want to see myself speak fluent English someday. Also, practicing leadership and communicating with people well. I need to balance my time in everyday activities.
Some Favorite Saints: My favorite Saints are, the Blessed Mother as Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady of Lourdes, Saint Mother Teresa, St. Theresé of the Child Jesus of Lisieux, San Antonio de Padua, St. Benedict Abbot, St. Joseph of Cupertino, St. Padre Pio, St. Francis and San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila.
Advice to Men Interested In Our Way of Life: Allow the seeds of faith to grow into your heart first and then once they burst into bloom, share with others.The daily prayers and spiritual reading are my tools to strengthen my vocation and to live with simplicity, humility, with love and joy. To follow in the footsteps of our Seraphic Father, St. Francis of Assisi is my treasure. So, "Let us go out into the world and remind everybody by our example and practicing our faith to turn to God because our actions speak louder than words. Let our words teach and our actions speak." May the Spirit of God awaken in us a desire to work together to build God's kingdom in striving for unity, peace, love and sacrifice with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Contact Brother Antonio: antonio@brothersofpeace.org

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