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I didn't know that they had a 21-year rule. That would make sense. While other Franciscans require that you have a BA degree and these friars require that you be 21, that would make them all about the same age when they enter.
The MFVA have a little more wiggle room than the other Franciscans because they're a diocesan community and they are very small. The smaller communities have more flexibility than the Pontifical communities. That's the reason for the differences that you're seeing.
You said that you're being home schooled. Doesn't your state have competency exams? They go by different names in different states. But they allow home schoolers to get a standard high school diploma.
By the way, not all Franciscans wear brown. LOL Some of us wear grey, blue, black and even tan. The MFVA take their habit from the Capuchins. Their founder is a Capuchin, Fr. Angelus Shaugnessy, OFM Cap. He was their first superior until they were legally allowed to elect their own. It was a technicality. Mother Angelica was the person behind the vision. But Canon Law does not allow women to be superiors of men. Men can be superiors of women, but not the other way around. Fr. Angelus,who is a very holy man stepped in. I don't know what his connection was to Mother. That was many years ago. I have not seen him on EWTN in ages. Anyway, that's the story of their habit. It's the Capuchin habit with a shorter cowl and the monstrance on the front panel.
The biggest difference between them and the other Franciscans is that they are a clerical community. Only clerics can be superiors. I don't know about formators and counselors, nor about theological studies. Some clerical communities don't allow the brothers to get formal theology degrees and some do. That's all part of being a diocesan community. When you're a diocesan community you have a little more independence from the larger Franciscan family, but you also have to submit to the bishop of the home diocese. If that's the way that the local bishop erected them, then that's what it has to be.
From what little I know of them, they are very talented. Everyone knows something about something. You should take advantage of these six years. Since they do a lot of work in the area of Catholic communication, you may want to take some courses in communication or even get a degree in communication. You'll be finished some time after between your 21st and 22nd birthday. I know that one or two of their brothers is involved in the technical side of EWTN. That may be something that you may want to look at in terms of studies. I'm not sure what kind of education that requires, but I'm sure that you can't just stand behind a camera. There must be some kind of education requirement for that kind of work. There are so many things that you can do with those six years. Take advantage of the possibilities. God does not go away and neither will the friars.
Br. JR, OSF :)
Well, actually, many of the Franciscan communities I've looked into allows entrance when you're eighteen and only requires a G.E.D. or high school diploma. The Franciscan Brothers of Peace, the Capuchin Franciscan Friars in Denver are the main ones that stick in my mind. I've looked into many Franciscan communities though.
I've never heard of such exams before. Maybe I should look into them.
Yeah. They're not too small anymore. They're up to sixteen Friars, which although is a lot for today's standards, is pathetically small by the original standards. Every friary had at least sixty men back in the old days. It makes you wonder what happened.
I know not all Franciscans wear brown. That's why I put that as an asset. Brown is my favorite color of the habit.
I've never heard of him before on the website. Who knows, he might even be dead. Was he an older person?
Well, as much as I would love to go to college and get a degree, since I love education so much already If I were in a church I'd burst into flames at this moment, my family doesn't have the money, and the economy is only getting worse. Yes, fortunately for me, I don't even think college will be a pipe dream with the current economic situation.
The Friars may not disappear, but time won't either, and six years will feel like sixty years.