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Franciscan

a member of any of several Christian religious orders of mendicant friars or nuns tracing their origins back to Saint Francis of Assisi; a Grey Friar
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(6) From there it takes only a step to start imagining the itinerancy of the Friars Minor as an agreeable walk punctuated with human or animal encounters.
The Order of Friars Minor claim Lothian Heating Services unleashed a cloud of asbestos and caused structural damage by knocking holes in a wall.
In 1209, Francis and his eleven companions, in true imitation of the vita apostolica, sought pope Innocent III for approval of a rule of the Friars Minor. Within less than a decade, in 1217, the enormous success of the order throughout Western Europe imposed an organizational structure based on the relationship between provinces, led by provincial ministers, and the general minister.
When Italian society was divided between the Majors (the landed aristocracy) and the Minors (the landless peasantry), he made a preferential option for the poor, calling his group the Order of Friars Minor (OFM).
At first de Vitry, a powerful and influential cleric, had misgivings about Francis, hinting that the preacher might be a bit too zealous for his own good and that his mission did little to aid either the Church or the crusade; but in the Historia Occidentalis, where de Vitry recounts the history of the religious orders, the friars minor are given pride of place, and Francis himself is praised for his exemplary preaching and apostolic life.
Cap., 90, member since 1935 of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, a branch of the Franciscans, and former professor of missiology at Pontifical Urban University, Rome, May 16, 2007.
Written in the Cuba of the early 1680s, the Servi Liberi Seu Naturalis Mancipiorium Libertatis Iusta Defensio, is a theological attack on the institution of slavery penned by a French Catholic missionary of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, Epifanio de Moirans, the only copy of which has languished in the Archivo General de Indias in Seville, Spain, until this translation by Sunshine (theology, Barry U.).
When he was 25 he joined the Friars Minor of the Strict Observance.
When the remains of Saint Bernard and his companions - the first Franciscan martyrs - were brought to be buried in his church, Anthony was moved to leave his order, enter the Friars Minor and go to Morocco to evangelise.
The Catholic Church spokesman added: ``The people of Penmaenmawr and Llanfairfechan are very grateful to the Capuchin Friars, and more recently the Friars Minor, for their unceasing care over many years.''