Tag: Franciscan Brothers of Peace

Religious brother strives to emulate fellow Franciscan

Religious brother strives to emulate fellow Franciscan

| November 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

While in his early 20s living in a discernment house near Denver, Colorado, a friend’s picture of the bald-headed, bearded Capuchin Franciscan caught Brother Richardson’s attention. He soon came to revere Father Casey, who’ll be beatified Nov. 18 in Detroit.

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Local Church leaders consider options in wake of immigration executive orders

Local Church leaders consider options in wake of immigration executive orders

| Matthew Davis, Dave Hrbacek, Jessica Trygstad and Maria Wiering | February 8, 2017 | 1 Comment

Three men live with the Franciscan Brothers of Peace who are not religious brothers. They are among 55 victims of torture seeking political asylum in the U.S. whom the brothers have housed in their friary on Lafond Avenue in St. Paul since 1995.

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With a broad zeal for life, Brother Paul remembered for love of fellow man, and man’s best friend

With a broad zeal for life, Brother Paul remembered for love of fellow man, and man’s best friend

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Rocky and Ruby are fixtures at the Franciscan Brothers of Peace friary in St. Paul. They arrived in 2003, not long after the death of Brother Michael Gaworski, who founded the order in 1982.

The two Labrador retrievers were a gift to thebrothers, specifically Brother Paul O’Donnell, from friends Nicole and Ryan Selleck, who belong to the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul. The couple originally chose to give the brothers one puppy to help console them after the loss of Brother Michael. But Brother Paul, a lifelong animal lover, chose two.

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Franciscan Brother of Peace Paul O’Donnell dies

Franciscan Brother of Peace Paul O’Donnell dies

| February 21, 2015 | 1 Comment

Franciscan Brother of Peace Paul O’Donnell died Feb. 20. An early member of the St. Paul religious community and a nationally regarded pro-life advocate and speaker, Brother Paul was 55.

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This band of brothers seeks to defend life, serve the poor

This band of brothers seeks to defend life, serve the poor

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

A small group of men went to Mass regularly at Assumption in St. Paul back in the early 1980s. The 20-something guys, numbering less than half a dozen, were not trying to draw attention to themselves.

But, they were being noticed by other regular Mass goers at the downtown St. Paul church.

After a short time, they became known as “the brothers.” This, plus the leading of the Holy Spirit, got them to thinking about establishing something more formal.

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