We, the Franciscan Brothers of St. Elizabeth are a family of God-fearing men with hearts on fire for our Lord and Savior. We consecrate our lives to God. We labor, serving and loving our fellow man to bring about the Kingdom of God in our time and space. We were founded in the great state of Maine. We are almost geographically located in the center of the state. Our monastery, dedicated to the life and legacy of good St Elizabeth, was built in Bucksport on the side of Orcutt Mountain. Our active ministry is accomplished through the brewing of outstanding beer and operating our storefront taproom/gastropub, Friars' Brewhouse Taproom, in beautiful downtown Bucksport, Maine.
Franciscans are souls called to dedicate themselves to following Our Blessed Lord in the example of St. Francis of Assisi. Francis is the "spiritual father" of all Franciscans. He was born and lived his life in Italy during the early part of the thirteenth century. Through various manifestations, Francis became aware that God was calling him to a life of poverty and service to the poor. In spite of opposition, his reputation and life of dedication to God’s work grew in recognition. Others soon joined him. Francis’s "literal interpretation" of the Gospel became the foundation of the Franciscan Orders. When he died in 1226, Francis was already regarded as a saint, and the orders which he had founded had spread to all of the known worlds. Our Rule of Life teaches us to daily perform works of service to the poor, our Church and to all
who may be in need.
The particular charism of the Franciscan Brothers of St. Elizabeth of Hungary is "love and service."
If you don’t like labor, (there are some that shy away from work). you would probably not be a good fit for our Franciscan family. Our patron, Saint Elizabeth, lived a life of total "love and service." She gave and gave until she died of physical exhaustion tending the health care needs of the poor at the tender age of twenty-four.