“Behold, our precious ideal: The Immaculate.”                          -St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe

What characterizes the life of a Franciscan Friar of the Immaculate is as follows:

The Life of Prayer:

The common prayer of a Marian House is especially necessary if the life of the community is to be well observed according to the norm. Five hours daily prayer begins at five in the morning. Silence and recollection are safeguarded by cloister and the exclusion of all that may introduce the noise and dissipation of the world (especially the radio and the television). The day of prayer ends at night with the penance known as the “discipline” just before sleep is taken.

The Life of Poverty:

Poverty of spirit must be evident even in externals (cells. furnitures, poor things). It must be lived in economic insecurity without any fixed income and what is merely luxury (smoking,etc.) or convenience. Such poverty is animated by unlimited confidence in the Divine Providence and in the maternal assistance of Our Lady.

The Life of Penance:

Penance, in addition to the interior, has an exterior aspect, tangible and strong like that of the Seraphic Father and of his first sons: the penance of common life, the penance of duty carried out to perfection, the penance of fasting, of the discipline, of wearing the habit always, of sandals on bare feet, of short hair, of no vacation nor other comforts.

The Life of the Apostolate:

The apostolate and work tax our energies without limit of field nor exclusion of means, after the example of St. Maximilian who knew how to make use of every means great or small (publications, radio, television, art, study, Miraculous Medal) to promote the Kingdom of God everywhere.

The Marian Life:

The Marian character of our life is the singular feature of this community. It underlies our observance of the Rule and Vows. The Marian heritage of the Franciscan Order is the spiritual heritage of St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, and the reason for the primary vow of unlimited consecration to the Immaculate taken by every Franciscan of the Immaculate. By this vow each Franciscan of the Immaculate makes himself the possession and property of the Immaculate, Her docile instrument to be used by Her in life and in death, as She did with the confessor and martyr St. Maximilian, for the conversion and sanctification of souls.

If you wanted more information, or would be interested in making a visit to one of our friaries please contact:

Vocation Director
Fr. Jacinto Mary, FI

Marian Friary “Our Lady of Guadalupe”

199 Colonel Brown Rd.
Griswold, CT 06351

Tel. (860) 376-6840

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