Franciscan from the start to the finish line

Posted by Siobhan O'Neill Meluso
Thursday 03, March 2016 | Category:   Mission & Evangelization,Consecrated Life
Br Joseph Maria Franciscan South Bend
Whatever the weather, Franciscan Brother Joseph Maria can be seen jogging around South Bend, Indiana. 

Brother Joseph Maria, of the South Bend, Indiana, Franciscan Brothers Minor, jogs around town in his brown woolen robe and sandals, sporting a beard and shaved head, according to the South Bend Tribune.

This friar, along with five others, are among the subgroup within the Franciscan order established by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades (Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend) six years ago. The brother friars are fully recognized by the church but are going through the steps to gain more jurisdiction over themselves. Like Saint Francis of Assisi, living simply to focus on service to the gospel, these brothers focus on prayer, work with a Mishawaka youth group, and religious education at a nearby parish.

Brother Joseph struggled with whether to continue jogging as a friar, but decided that running in his robe is an outward sign that the brothers continue the "walk" of Saint Francis. As they have no income, the brothers walk for transportation and beg for what goods and foods they need.

Learn more about the Franciscans Friars here

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