No. Franciscans are not monks and therefore we do not live a cloistered life in the monastery. As members of the Franciscan family, we do God’s work in the community. We attend daily Mass and gather twice daily for common prayer. We eat meals as a family, and at times, have special recreation together.
No. As a member of the Congregation of Franciscan Brothers of the Holy Cross, in general, are not priests. However, there are a few Brothers in Germany, who have been ordained to the priesthood, for only the serivce of the Community and the apostolate. Generally speaking, a Brothers is a male member of a religious community and a special vocation in the Church. We profess vows and are involved in a variety of ministries, but do not administer sacraments as an ordained minister.
Maybe. Some Brothers may participate in theological classes for the purpose of spiritual formation, degree work, or advanced study. Generally speaking, however, a seminary is for those called to study for the priesthood.
Our Congregation conducts its own process of Formation called a Novitiate. It is a process programs for the various stages one is entering: Courses for Candidates, Postulants and Novices. The goal is living Faith, living Fraternal Community life, and spiritual formation in the Franciscan tradition. At this time, the Formation Process programs are in Germany. For anyone interested in our way of life, we welcome your inquiry. In the future, there will be a PDF on the Education heading about the various stages of formation.
No. We wear our habit for liturgical events, Mass, prayers, meals and some community gatherings. We are free to wear regular clothing when we work outside, in the garden, when traveling a long distance, when we do household duties or have to do grocery shopping.