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The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFR) was begun in 1987 by eight Capuchin friars desiring to work more definitively for personal and communal reform within the Catholic Church. The life and apostolate of the friars are rooted in the ideals and spirit of the Capuchin reform born in the early 16th century.
“By seeking a constant return to the sources of the whole Christian life and to the primitive inspiration of the Rule and Testament of Saint Francis, the Institute attempts to live sincerely and truthfully a life in conformity with the Gospel and the ideals of its Seraphic Father, Saint Francis, as handed on by the Capuchin tradition.” (CFR Constitutions, Introduction)

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