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Minnesota Give to the Max Day is on Thursday, November 16th, and is a day dedicated to supporting your favorite causes by donating to a charity of your choice. If you are still looking for a cause to support, please consider giving to the Franciscan Brothers of Peace. Our Brotherhood provides much material and spiritual support to the local community, including:

  • Praying and sidewalk counseling at abortion centers. Assisting women and men with crisis pregnancies.
  • 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.                        
  • Being a visible witness to the Catholic Faith on our streets, befriending the homeless and outcast, particularly in poor or violent areas most in need of the peace and love of Jesus Christ.
  • Providing sanctuary in our friary for international survivors of torture, creating a loving, healing environment for them, assisting them on their journey towards independent living and legal asylum, and then reuniting them with their families by helping to facilitate travel to the U.S. for their wife and children, if any.
  • Working with refugee families.
  • Visiting shut-ins, those in nursing homes & the hospitalized

In addition to the good your donation would provide for those in need, any donation you give to the Franciscan Brothers of Peace will also be eligible for random drawings to have extra money added to it, and will help us compete for more prize money on our leaderboards to help further our work.  We thank you in advance for any donations you choose to give!

For more information on how you can Give to the Max on behalf of the Franciscan Brothers of Peace, click the Give to the Max icon on our website’s home page or click the following link: https://www.givemn.org/organization/Franciscan-Brothers-Of-Peace

Fall, 2017


Dear Friends,
It has happened again! Students have returned to school. For some parents it comes as a relief since they do not have to be as creative in keeping younger ones occupied as they did during summer break. For others it is bittersweet seeing off their freshman sons and daughters to colleges and universities.
A reality that we encounter with some of the poor and marginalized families that we work with include parents, many of them single parents, who have little money to provide what is necessary for their kids to attend school with the items they need. So many have come to our door asking for school supplies or clothing to replace the clothes their children have outgrown.


The Brothers have been blessed to assist the refugee families from Burma in various ways. While the enculturation of these beautiful families continues, a fear that many younger parents have in sending their children to school is that they may become so influenced by secular culture, they may lose their strong Catholic identity that is so important among this lovely community. Gratefully, there are a few Catholic schools who are doing what they can to assist a few of these families, but funding is still needed for many others.


We are praying for the necessary means to help as many of these families as possible, but we cannot do it without your support. For those of you who have contributed in recent months, thank you. We ask that you consider helping us again. A gift from you now would help us to support these families and sustain us in all our ministries to those in need and in our Franciscan way of life. For those who have not given in a while, we thank you ahead of time for your generosity. As the line in the popular hymn attributed to St. Francis of Assisi goes, "It is in giving that we receive."
May the Lord bless you and all of your loved ones.


Peace and All Good,
Br. Conrad Richardson, fbp Community Servant

Minnesota faces real challenges; assisted suicide, failing schools, and family poverty to name a few. But Catholics are called to respond. Protect life and human dignity, join Minnesota's Bishops and 1,000 plus Catholics from across the state for a day of inspiration and advocacy at our State Capitol. This is our moment. Let's go!  For more information follow this link: https://catholicsatthecapitol.org

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Friday Night at the Friary

 
Men of God, are you interested in discovering the vocation that Jesus is calling you to? Perhaps you're already actively discerning a vocation in the Church? We invite men, ages 18-35, to "Friday Night at the Friary" hosted by the Franciscan Brothers of Peace for a time of prayer, fellowship, and seeking God's call in your life, whatever that may be. After opening with prayer, a short reading or reflection is shared with an emphasis on vocation discernment, prayer, or discipleship. Next, how about some socializing, outdoor/indoor recreation, and good eats? We've saved the best part for last by spending time adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, "Speak Lord, Your servant is listening." 1 Samuel 3:10. The evening then concludes with chanted Night Prayer. Join us every third Friday of the month from 7-9 p.m. at Queen of Peace Friary, 1289 Lafond Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55104. For more information call: 651-646-8586 or email: vocation@brothersofpeace.org. We'll see you Friday Night at the Friary!

 

Be sure to read the latest issue of Newsweek magazine. Reporter, Aimee Swartz, has written an outstanding article, shedding a positive light on the Right to Life movement and especially for the medically vulnerable.

At a time when mainstream media so largely focuses on the right to choose abortion and euthanasia, Swartz presents a compelling and thoroughly Pro-Life affirming story about the uncommonly ethical treatment and care received by Maggie Worthen, a college-aged woman who suffered brain trauma, but was successfully rehabilitated to a semi-conscious state by a dedicated team of medical professionals.

Sadly, Worthen’s case is rare. Most brain injured patients who fail to fully recover consciousness after being taken off life support, are often deemed untreatable and therefore do not receive further medical care. While there is evidence that many unconscious patients can and do regain consciousness, if the level of consciousness isn’t deemed significant by medical professionals, insurers, or even the courts of law, that patient is most often denied further medical support. Inevitably, this results in the death of the medically vulnerable patient.

Unfortunately, the same year Worthen was successfully rehabilitated, Teri Schiavo, also brain injured and successfully rehabilitated to a level of semi-consciousness, had a tragic outcome. Despite her responsiveness and positive recovery, her husband won the right in court to stop all medical care and to remove her feeding tube. Schiavo eventually starved to death, though she was healthy and communicating with friends and family.

“Newsweek has done a service to the nation in highlighting the incredible opportunity for patients too regularly deemed to be without hope,” says Bobby Schindler of the Terri Life and Hope Network, a foundation started by Schindler’s family to uphold human dignity through service to the medically vulnerable.

“These concrete signs of improvement are exactly the sort of improvement so many contend is impossible for patients marginalized as "vegetables," and why I'm so pleased that Newsweek is highlighting their struggle,” Schindler added.

To access the Newsweek article and read more about what Bobby Schindler has to say about this important issue, please click here: http://christiannewswire.com/news/6643777825.html

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