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2008 : Waking up the World with the Joy of the Gospel

 With the start of the Brothers’ 16th decade, the Franciscan Brothers have joyfully welcomed a new Pope and join him in waking up the world with the Joy of the Gospel.  As we celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life with Pope Francis and the Church, we invite you to join us in our celebration, giving [...]

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1998 : A Millennial Decade of Celebration

The Franciscan Brothers’ 15th decade included the acceptance of new ministries in the Dioceses of Cape Girardeau, MO and Paterson, NJ.   As the Brothers entered the New Millennium, the congregation began to look at stewardship of resources.  With the closure and sale of St. Francis Center in Oyster Bay, the novitiate was moved to Padua [...]

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1988 : A Global Decade

The Franciscan Brothers’ 14th decade began with Pope John Paul II’s establishment of the Congregation as an Institute of Pontifical Right and the approval of the revised Constitutions in 1989.  This complemented the global awareness of the Brothers since Franciscan formed national and international federations.  The Brothers helped establish a Franciscan presence at the United [...]

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1978 : A Decade of New Ministries

As 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 [...]

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1968 : A Decade of Renewal

The Brothers convened an Extraordinary Chapter of Affairs in 1969 to respond to the mandate from Vatican Council II for Religious Congregations to renew their Constitutions in the spirit of their founders. This process was to take two decades. The first phase saw the creation of pre-novitiate communities and the formation of communities of small [...]

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1958 : A Centennial Decade

The centennial decade of the Franciscan Brothers was one of rapid and unparalleled growth.  The novitiate moved to the beautiful grounds of St. Francis Center in Oyster Bay and the Brother Columba Reilly Scholasticate opened in Brooklyn.  St. Francis College moved to its present site on Remsen St. as did St. Francis Monastery.  The Butler [...]

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1948 : A Decade of Movement

With new growth, the Brothers moved their novitiate to Wyandanch, Long Island.  St. Francis Prep moved to North 6th St. in Brooklyn, while St. Francis College expanded on Butler St.  The Brothers also took on the staffing and administration of 5 more parish schools, 1 in Brooklyn, 1 in Queens, and 3 in the growing [...]

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1938 : A Decade of Holding On

The ninth decade of the Franciscan Brothers was marked by World War II.  Once again, growth and expansion stopped.  Institutions, like St. Francis College, shrank to their smallest size with Brothers working together to hold together what had been built.  At the war’s end, events changed as soldiers returned home and families grew.

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1928 : A Decade of New Life

New life in the community enabled the Brothers to purchase property in Smithtown, NY for a novitiate.  A few years later, St. Anthony’s Juniorate, now St. Anthony’s High School (in South Huntington), began on the Smithtown property in 1934.  During this decade, the Brothers also undertook the operation of Camp Malloy on Long Island.

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1918 : A Decade of Calm

1918 began with the ending of World War I and became a decade of calm for the community.  There were no new foundations undertaken during this period.  Rather, the Brothers strengthened their existing works and incorporated new members to prepare for the future.

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