When I was a kid my mother would always tell me to “cut to the chase.” So, I will. We need ongoing financial backing from friends and friends of friends.
The Franciscans of Life have a steady income of $2,610.00 a month. We live in a very modest home where four brothers share one bedroom that we divided into individual cells using curtains as you would see in a hospital room.
Having said this, here is a chart our monthly expenses.
The Immaculate has always come through for us by way of our friends. We hope that she will continue to do so. The brothers need to continue their education to better serve the voiceless. Our brothers participate in the apostolate while they attend school full-time.
We proclaim the Gospel of Life at no cost to the Archdiocese, parishes, schools or individuals. All expenses are assumed by the community, including travel.
We serve in the following apostolates:
Respect Life Archdiocese of Miami – our brothers run Project Joseph, a mentoring, counseling and education program for fathers in crisis pregnancies.
Hospital ministry to the sick and dying – our brothers take Holy Communion to the sick, provide spiritual support for the patient and the family. Often, the brother is asked to clarify a question of morality on an end of life issue. If the brother can answer, he does so. If he cannot, he finds a deacon or priest who can help; but the patient and family are never abandoned. The brothers also provide a limited amount of education on the Gospel of Life to healthcare personnel, when they approach us.
Religious education – there are not many consecrated men teaching the Gospel of Life in our religious education classes. Franciscans of Life are one example of the few who are. We teach not through hate speech or morbid graphics. On the contrary, we guide our students through the Old and New Testament where they discover the dogmas of the Catholic faith, the sacraments, the liturgy, and the moral lessons contained in Sacred Scripture. Thus the students are exposed to the Gospel of Life. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you,” (Jeremiah 1:5)
Immigrant poor – our brothers provide guidance to any immigrant who asks for it. Sometimes an immigrant will email us asking for information on inexpensive housing, free medical care, leads on employment. One of our brothers is charged with keeping a database on our website with the most current services available not only to the immigrant poor, but to all who are poor.
In addition, our brothers supplement rent for disabled immigrants who don’t have access to government assistance. They also provide small material support such as bus tickets so that individuals can go to a job interview or to see a doctor. They may buy lunch for someone who’s hungry.
One day, it was raining very heavily. One of our brothers spotted a homeless person who was barefooted. Brother stopped the car, took off his sandals and gave them to the barefooted man. Obviously, brother arrived barefoot at the motherhouse and the sandals had to be replaced. They were replaced, with an old pair of patched sandals that had been cast aside. Brother is still putting mileage on them.
Right now we have two brothers in school. Our Adopt a Brother program has raised about $2500.00 of the needed $5000.00. Fortunately, tuition is paid in increments, not in one lump sum. But it still has to be paid.
Every regular brother must complete a degree in Spiritual Theology, which prepares him to provide spiritual care, guidance, support, and encouragement to those who are far from Christ. In addition, the brother must also complete a secular degree in education, technology, nursing, counseling, social work, or some other specialized area. The brother who is not academically oriented must complete a technical training program such as automotive maintenance, electricity, carpentry, cooking, pluming, tailoring, or any other technical area that will support the apostolate and our service to the voiceless.
Please help us find help.
a one-time gift or a monthly gift using PayPal, maybe a check made out to Franciscans of Life sent to the address below.
If the donation is for the Adopt a Brother program, please indicate this on the memo line. We keep those donations in a separate column in our ledger.
Thank you for helping us find ongoing support.
You can also pray that we find benefactors. Prayers count too.
May the Immaculate drape you in her mantle, protect you from all evil and lead you to her Son, Jesus Christ.
Franciscans of Life
9461 Palm Circle South
Pembroke Pines, FL 33025