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 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 execution.
Follow our easy reference to the writings by our holy Father St. Francis, Pope St. 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.
We also invite you to visit our blog and our Youtube channel!
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