Senior Friar Care
“If any of the brothers falls sick, whenever he may be, let the other brothers not leave him behind unless one of the brothers, or even several of them, if necessary, is designated to serve him as ‘they would want to be served themselves.’ In case of the greatest need, however, they can entrust him to someone who should do what needs to be done for his sickness.” — The Earlier Rule of the Friars Minor, Chapter X
The Franciscan friars of the Province of St. Barbara are a fraternity of 185 men. Of these, more than 70 friars are over the age of 70 — that’s between one-third and one-half of our number! Although most of these friars still live in Franciscan communities and continue to work, some need professional residential care and reside at various assisted living facilities. Paying for the care of our elder friars is very expensive: The projected total cost will exceed $750,000 for this year alone.
We look upon our responsibility to care for our senior brothers as a sacred trust. And yet, with the rising cost of health care and the increasing number of aged friars, we struggle to meet the needs of our beloved elders.
And so we appeal to you to help us in this crucial endeavor. We ask that you join us and become actively involved in providing for the elderly and infirm friars of the western United States. These older priests and brothers have labored their entire lives in the Lord’s vineyard, feeding the hungry, comforting the lonely, proclaiming God’s love in sacrament, word and deed. You can help by making a contribution to the Franciscans, secure and online, with Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. Your donation to our non-profit organization is completely tax-deductible.