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Franciscan monastery
Hi,
I am a student of architecture and in my thesis I am designing a monastery based on Franciscan order. Could any one help me with the daily life of a Franciscan friar, and also the type of training or studies they do while becoming a Franciscan friar.
Kanwardeep Thind
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Franciscan monastery
Kanwardeep, have you surfed on the web?
I believe the Franciscan Order started with Saint Francis of Assissi(Italy).

Note: I have a mild interest in the name "Francis" because I was given this name as a baby, but as an adult I use the adult version of "Frank".

Note: the english form "Francis" in Italian and Spanish is Francisco as in San Francisco = Saint Francis.
Frank John Snelling
Franciscan monastery
Thanks Frank for your reply. I have searched over the new, but i am not clear about the difference between a catholic and a Franciscan. If you know any thing about it please let me know.
Kanwardeep Thind
Franciscan monastery
Kanwardeep, Okay, "Catholic" is the short form for "Roman Catholic". A Roman Catholic is anyone who believes in the Christian faith of the Roman Catholic Church which served the Western half of the Roman Empire and was based in Rome, Italy. Therefore, the language and alphabet is Latin.

While the the Christian faith of the Greek Orthodox Church served the eastern half of the Roman Empire and was based in Constantinople (today known as Istanbul in Turkey). and the language and alphabet used by the Greek orthodox Church is Greek.

To complete the picture, the Russian Orthdox Church is an offshoot of the Greek Orthodox Church and the language is Russian and and alphabet Cyrillic.

A "Franciscan" refers to someone who is a monk in the Franciscan Order and the Franciscan Order is Roman Catholic.

I use the more general term "monk", but I see you use the word friar and my dictionary says: Friar = Member of one of certain religious orders of men, especially, the four mendicant(*) orders of Franciscans (Grey Friars, Friars Minor), Augustinians (Austin Friars), Dominicans (Black Friars, Friars Major) and Carmelites (White Friars).

The word "friar" comes from the Latin Frater fratris = brother.

(*) "Mendicant" means begging; as in mendicant friar (living solely on alms). In other words, this type of monk asks for food, etc from people.
Frank John Snelling
Franciscan monastery
Dear Kanwardeep, the English entry for "franciscan" shows a complete traslation of the article in Spanish, written by the Franciscan monks (the Peruvian and Spanish sections). As an example of daily life, even if it sounds odd, "The name of the rose" book describes the common life ina Franciscan monatery...in the Middle Ages. Becoming a Franciscan friar means one or two years as novice and about four years to become a priest. The read and study the Bible, Saint Francis´works and the history of the order. They are heavily involved in community life outside the house of novices, being allowed to work out of the Brotherhood house. It is the same for women (Claris). I´m sure you can adress any office of the Brotherhood near and be explained in detail.
Ana I. Porras
Franciscan monastery
thanks Frank John Snelling and Ana I. Porras for your reply.
Kanwardeep Thind
Franciscan monastery
Kanwardeep, You are welcome, to me knowledge is best when being used.
Frank John Snelling
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