St. Francis has been called the Mirror of Perfection.
We follow his footsteps, responding to the Father's call
to be brothers to all men,
just as Christ is “the First-Born of many brothers” (Rm 8:29).
We are at the service of the voiceless:
the preborn child, the chronically and terminally ill,
and the immigrant poor who feels hopeless.
We dedicate ourselves
to a life of penance and reparation
for those who embrace the culture of death.
Who We Are
The Franciscans of Life are a brotherhood of laymen consecrated to living the Gospel in the manner of our Holy Father Francis of Assisi, according to the Rule of the Brothers and Sisters of Penance.
Where We Are
Ours is a new adventure. We serve in the Archdiocese of Miami allowing our Lord to continue His work in us and through us and letting other men join our community, so that we may grow in numbers. The celibate brothers may live in community and take private vows. We freely exercise our ministry to a very specific segment of the voiceless: the unborn children, the chronically and terminally ill, and the immigrant who is poor and feels hopeless.
We also dedicate ourselves to a life of penance and reparation for those who embrace the culture of death. This is a much needed ministry with ample territory to work, serve and grow. While we have not yet received a canonical erection as a public association of the faithful, Archbishop Wenski has given us his support and blessing as we continue in our ministry in the Archdiocese. Pope Innocent III spoke similar words to St. Francis when he approached him to request the Holy Father's blessing for his new brotherhood in 1209. "Go with our blessing. When you have grown in numbers, come back and we will put you in charge of even greater affairs." We are at the same place where Francis and those first brothers were in 1209.
Territory of the Archdiocese of Miami
What We Do
As a Franciscan of Life you will find yourself fully immersed in Respect Life Ministry. The bishops have deliberately referred to this ministry by this name, because it sends a clear message about the respect that is due to life.
These are just some of the adventures where Jesus will lead you together with your brothers, always poor, prayerful and filled with joy.
Founded in 2009 by a widowed father of two and former Capuchin friar, the community strives to proclaim the Gospel of Life in the manner of St. Francis of Assisi and to do penance in atonement for those who embrace the culture of death.
We attempt to replicate that brotherhood that grew up around Saint Francis of Assisi in the thirteenth century, where regular and extern brothers met to follow the Gospel according to the Rule of Penance written by Saint Francis. While all of the Franciscans of Life are lay and secular, the fraternity uses the term “extern” to identify brothers who are husbands, fathers, and single men wishing to marry, and the term “regular” to identify brothers of common life who are celibate, in private vows, and live in community.
The Franciscans of Life make a covenant to live the Gospel according to the Rule of Penance and the constitutions of the society. Every brother, celibate, single, or married is a full member of the fraternity. Therefore, each one binds himself to observe obedience to the Church and the superior of the fraternity, to live a life of detachment from material things and temporal honors, and to persevere in chastity in the celibate, single, or married life.
The invisible dimension of our life is penance. Eucharist, Liturgy of the Hours, private prayer, fasting and abstinence are the guiding lights for the brothers. Fraternity is a hallmark of Franciscan tradition. Therefore, the brothers look to Christ and the apostles and endeavor to follow that model of fraternal life and service.
Common prayer, sharing, openness to each other, our families, and support for each other along the journey toward the perfection of charity are the means by which the brothers sanctify their lives and the lives of those they touch.
Like Saint Francis and the first generation Franciscans, the Franciscans of Life look to the Trinity for guidance and example in community, intimacy, love, unity and holiness. Entrusted to the Immaculate, under the example of our patrons and in faithful obedience to the successor of Peter and the local bishop, the brothers learn to live under the mantle of the "Virgin made Church" and to uphold the sanctity of life from conception to natural death