Welcome to the Brothers of Life website!
Thank you for visiting our site and looking into our way of life.
Read this site prayerfully. It may be the doorway to an adventure of a
lifetime with Jesus as your master and Francis of Assisi as your teacher.
We are a brotherhood of simple Catholic men, single, married and
consecrated, who serve God within the Catholic church, living the
Gospel according to the Rule of the Brothers and Sisters of Penance,
promulgated by St. Francis of Assisi in 1221. We come from all walks of
life to form a brotherhood that prays, lives and works as one family as
did Christ and his Apostles and Blessed Francis and his sons.
Like the early Brothers and Sisters of Penance, the fraternity links the
conventual and the secular life. Today's Franciscans of Life can be
secular clergy, married and single men, and men consecrated to follow
the Evangelical Counsels in obedience, poverty and celibate chastity.
We are men of prayer. Liturgical and individual prayer is the highest
priority in our lives. The Eucharist is the summit of our life of prayer.
Through the recitation of the Divine Office, we continue to live the
Eucharist throughout the day by sanctifying the different hours as did
Israel, Christ and his Apostles, and as the Church still does today.
The Our Patrons page describes our devotion to the Immaculate
Heart of Mary and to our brother, St. Maximillian Kolbe, a
Franciscan brother and priest who died as a martyr at Auschwitz when
he traded places with an innocent husband and father selected for
Follow our easy reference to the writings by our holy Father St. Francis,
Pope John Paul II and other Franciscan saints and blessed, as well as
prayers and documents on our Writings and Prayers page.
Links to some of our favorite websites such as the Franciscan
Experience, the Writings of Clare and Francis and Papal encyclicals on
Francis and the Franciscan life are found on
our Links page.
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