Who are We?

We are brothers. We live in fraternity, pray as individuals and in community, share meals and time together, helping each other to grow, just like in a family. Our communities, called friaries, are joyful and hospitable places.
We are an evangelical brotherhood. Jesus of Nazareth is our guide for a simple and humble life among the people. The life of Christ, Holy Scriptures, St. Francis and his writings give us inspiration.
We are sent by Jesus to preach, first by the example of our lives, then in many practical ways: prayer and contemplation, pastoral work, social services, care ministries, mission activities, publications and communication, etc.

We are an international fraternity with about 11 000 friars in over 100 countries.