Our Identity as Friars

The Rule of St. Francis begins this way: “The Rule and life of the Friars Minor is this, namely, to observe the Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, by living in obedience, without anything of one’s own, and in chastity.”

These words provide the key to our Franciscan identity. All Franciscan friars publicly “profess” to the Rule, vowing to make the Gospel the center of their lives. Sharing what we have with one another, we recommit ourselves daily to observe and preach the Gospel in ways responsive to the world around us.

As part of our calling as brothers — both to each other and to all of creation — we reflect upon:

  • Our commitment to experience God, and to listen to brothers and sisters who will share their own experiences of Gospel amid today’s world.
  • Our commitment to respect all persons in our multicultural society, with the courage to stand together against the corrosive elements of violence and hatred.
  • Our commitment to prayer, both communal and individual, and to a life of simplicity and solidarity with the poor.

Near the end of his life, St. Francis reflected on his own journey, writing: “And after the Lord gave me some brothers, no one showed me what I had to do, but the Most High Himself revealed to me that I should live according to the pattern of the Holy Gospel.”

As friars in the 21st century, we strive to imitate Francis. With the brothers the Lord has given us, we seek to live according to the pattern of the Holy Gospel.