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Profession of Vows: Novice
Hometown: Kenosha, Wisconsin Br. Dismas
What I Did Before I Entered: I went to school for Fine Art with emphasis in painting and Drawing at UW Stevens Point and Graduate school at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. I wanted to teach art. I was at the same time becoming more invested in Christ and my interests changed. I worked at a homeless shelter for six months then moved to Minneapolis. I volunteered for many years at a therapeutic preschool for at-risk children. I had a steady job at the Walker art center in security and art installation but in my heart I yearned to work in a field that cared for people. I volunteered at an assisted living complex, meeting with men for a few hours a week. I went on six mission trips to Haiti working with the Missionaries of Charity at their wellness center for sick babies and children. I got a job as a PCA in a group home for people with traumatic brain injuries for about three and a half years. I then had a full time job as a preschool teacher at the school I had subbed and volunteered at for seven years. Just after one year there, I decided to apply to the Franciscan Brothers of Peace after two and a half years of discernment and entered at thirty three years old.
Hobbies and Interests: Painting, reading scripture and devotional books, playing guitar and sports.
Favorite Part of Daily Life:
After Compline (night prayer), meditating and or praying the prayer of recollection before Jesus in the tabernacle.
Most Challenging Part of Daily Life: Practicing humility and obedience.
Some Favorite Saints: Virgin Mary, St. Germaine Cousin, Bl. Alexandrina da Costa, St. Dismas, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Bernadette, St. Joseph, Bl. Juliana of Norwich, Bl. Charles de Foucauld
Advice to Men Interested In Our Way of Life: Keep praying that not your will be done, but the Lord's will be done, in and through you. Ask Virgin Mary, Joseph, the saints, those in Purgatory and holy ones on earth to pray for you—ask this very often and try not to be anxious, but know God is with you wherever you are.
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Profession of Vows: Novice
Hometown: Lakeville, MinnesotaBr. Didacus
What I Did Before I Entered: I received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Global Studies with a minor in Japanese and had the opportunity to study abroad for one year at Toyo University in Tokyo, Japan. At Winona State University I worked in the Catholic Newman Center and after graduating I was led to working as a substitute Spanish teacher in Catholic schools. I eventually ended up finding a full-time job as a seafood clerk in a grocery store while working part-time in the box office at a movie theater. During my free time, I volunteered as the Financial Secretary for the Knights of Columbus at St. Thomas University and most recently received a Master of Arts in International Development from St. Mary's University.
Hobbies and Interests: Playing music, reading books, studying, writing, watching movies, playing tennis, and biking.
Favorite Part of Daily Life: Adoration and meeting people who come to the door.
Most Challenging Part of Daily Life: Waking up and exercising … my day does not officially start until I have finished doing it.
Some Favorite Saints: St. Francis of Assisi, Blessed Solanus Casey, St. Maximillian Kolbe, St. Francis-Xavier, St. Didacus of Alcala, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Faustina, and St. Bernadette.
Advice to Men Interested In Our Way of Life: Every call is a gift from God. Open your gift as if you waited all year to receive it on Christmas Day!
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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.

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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.
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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:



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