Franciscan Brothers of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary
Daily Services and Our Friary
A simple, devout life of the Franciscan rule.
- Daily Life Of a Franciscan Brother Of St. Elizabeth Of Hungary
|Call to rise / morning coffee||4:30|
|Personal Prayer / First prayer of the day||5:00|
|Lauds (Morning Prayer)||5:45|
|Holy Mass with the Felician Sisters||6:45|
|Assigned Chores and Ministries||7:30|
|Angelus / Lunch||Noon|
|Assigned Chores and Ministries||1:00|
|Personal appointments / meetings||3:00|
|Vespers (Evening Prayer) / Wednesday’s Mass||5:00|
|Angelus / News of the day / house meetings||6:00|
|Recreation (time to unwind)||7:00|
|Examine, Compline (Night Prayer), Salve, Grand Silence in effect until the Call to rise||8:00|
|Friars retire to their cells||
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- Our Friary’s History:
On November 19th in the year of 1987,the founding friars purchased a 34 acre parcel of undeveloped,
remote, and secluded land in the quiet little town of Bucksport, Maine. It was not brought to
light until recently that we put pen to paper on what was the original feastday of the patron of our
order, good St. Elizabeth of Hungary.
Times were tough for the spirit-lead friars. We went through a period of extreme poverty. Keeping a
roof over our heads, in a run down camp, deep in the woods of Mariaville, on the shores of Graham Lake
proved a challenge of faith as well as determination. Keeping current on payments for our 34 acre
parcel in Bucksport proved not just difficult but, down right impossible. We had but one year
remaining on our loan with Fleet Bank and yet found ourselves within days of the bank foreclosing on
our property. We were about to lose all we had invested in hopes of having a friary planted in
Bucksport. Were it not for the kindness of a local parish couple’s assistance, the land would
have been seized by the bank and sold from under our feet. We friars are eternally grateful to Marge
and Joe who committed to making the last year’s monthly payments, saving us from a great loss.
The Franciscan Brothers of St. Elizabeth of Hungary now own the land free and clear as of 2006. We
freely admit to you that we own the property, but it is dedicated to the greater glory of Almighty God
through Jesus, His Son. Our goal is to continue to landscape and develop this private
parcel into an environment that will lift the mind and heart, of friars and visitors heavenward toward
God. Today, initial imaginative ideas, mental concepts and pencil to paper drawings have given way to
"concrete" buildings and strategically placed shrines in landscaped areas among vast spans of
virgin Maine woodlands and blueberry barrens. Our monastery is now erected and the friars are
occupying the premises. Our commercial kitchen provides the friars an environment truly suited to
devoting ourselves to baking bread. One local business, Bittersweet Gift Shop, in downtown Bucksport
is already making our homemade breads available to Mainers and visiting tourists along the coast.
Fear not Bangor folks, the charming Friars’ Bakehouse will also remain an outreach apostolate of
the Brothers in downtown Bangor. Our on going, long term, plans include the completion the
Friars’ private Memorial Prayer Path which will circumnavigate the 34 acre parcel.
This is a photo of our new St. Elizabeth’s Chapel that is the heart of the new monastery.
The Friars gather here on a prescribed schedule for prayer and mass.
The positioning of the new single family dwelling will allow the friars to take advantage of the
beautiful panoramic south facing views of Bucksport, Penobscot Bay and beyond. In true Franciscan
tradition and concern for the Earth, this perfect south facing position will permit the house to take
full advantage of passive solar heating. The location of our clearing has also allowed for two
windmills to be erected so that the Franciscans take full advantage of the steady breezes that the
Creator issues out of beautiful Penobscot Bay. The friars are very mindfully "green". Their
founder, St. Francis, is the patron saint of ecology!
As many of our friends and acquaintances know, the Franciscan Brothers work hard at their craft of
bread baking. Many also know that baking is not all that they do. Their life is a constant balancing
act of work, prayer, ministering to the poor, leading prayer services, as well as household chores.
Without the help of loving and generous friends and benefactors, this added financial burden will
force the friars to devote more time to working and thereby earn enough to cover their new financial
obligations. More time spent working means less time praying for the needs of others, the Church and
the world. They will have less time to devote to working with the poor. Less devotions will be
offered too. If you feel moved to assist the friars in a financial way your generosity would be
The Franciscan Brothers of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Inc. is a 501C3 tax exempt institution. Please
give some serious thought to helping the Friars to build their friary. Any donation, one hundred
dollars, five hundred dollars, a thousand dollars or whatever you could offer would be gratefully
received and appreciated.
This effort is the culmination of many years or prayer, hard work and dedication. This idyllic
location will afford us the tranquility and solitude necessary to live a life of balance between the
active and the contemplative. The friary buildings and grounds are private for the use of professed
members of the order solely. The town of Bucksport has designated our area of the town reserved for
single family dwellings on private property. So that we can maintain order, peacefulness and safety,
all visits to the friary and grounds must be pre-arranged. To request the possibility of a visit, you
can reach us at 947-3770 Tuesday - Friday or email us at FBSE22@aol.com.
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