St-Anthonys-300x199As the renewal process continued into the 1980s, more Brothers undertook pastoral and social service ministries in a variety of parishes and agencies.  In addition, new communities and ministries formed in the Dioceses of Bridgeport, CT and Raleigh, NC, as well as in Brooklyn and Rockville Centre.  Most important in this decade of continued renewal was the beginning of collaboration with other Franciscans for the celebration of the 800th anniversary of the birth of St. Francis and the approval of a new Rule of Life for the Brothers and Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis, to which the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn belong.