The Year of Consecrated Life
Pope Francis has set aside November 30, 2014 through February 2, 2016 as the Year of Consecrated Life. Our Archbishop has set the objectives for this celebration in our Archdiocese: to increase the visibility of religious life/consecrated life, to express appreciation, to highlight the joy experienced in this vocational choice, and to educate on the importance of on religious life/consecrated life to the Church. As one means of learning more about religious life/consecrated life, our website will periodically have an educational component in the form of a question and answer. It is our hope that you will not only read the entries but discuss them your family, friends, co-workers. And perhaps share stories about the influence of consecrated women and men in your life.
Why are some priests and brothers called Friars?
The term "friar" refers to a member of one of the mendicant religious orders, e.g., Dominicans, Franciscans. Friars have different vows and restrictions than monks, and spend more time in the outside world as opposed to being secluded in a monastery. "Friar" comes from the Latin word "frater," meaning "brother." In the early Church, Christians used the term to describe any of their fellow believers. It wasn't until the 13th century that "friar" began to refer to members of particular religious orders. Friars are classified as mendicants, or members of Catholic religious orders who take vows of poverty. Mendicants are forbidden to own property. They support themselves through their own work and the generosity of others. The rise of the mendicants was the result of negative feelings toward the Church and its extensive property during the 13th century.
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