Franciscan Friars of the Renewal

Lay Associates

Lay men and women have been attracted to the holiness of St. Francis of Assisi for centuries. Among the laity, there continues to be an attraction to St. Francis which the Lord uses to stir the hearts of the faithful to embrace the Gospel more earnestly. The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal seek to follow faithfully in the footsteps of Christ and St. Francis by embracing the ideals of the Capuchin Franciscan reform. The friars are happy that they can offer others an opportunity to share in their life through the lay associates program.


At a specific time of year there is an opportunity for lay men and women to make a one year commitment to the lay associates program. The commitment is a manifestation of the prompting of the Lord to live the spirituality of St. Francis in the world as a lay person.

The commitment consists of:

+ Prayer: Each day a lay associate is to spend some time in prayer, preferably using the Liturgy of the Hours. Other suggestions are: daily Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, the Rosary, and the Divine Mercy chaplet.

+ Attendance at monthly Associate Days

+ Availability to assist the friars in their work of evangelization and care of the poor in their neighborhood.

If you are interested in learning more about
the Lay Associates of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
please contact:

in the Bronx, NY – Fr. Louis Leonelli, CFR
at (718) 993-5161 or (718) 665-2441.

in Newark, NJ – Fr. Stephen, CFR
at (973) 622-6622

in Albuquerque, NM – click here

in London, UK – Br. John Bosco, CFR
at 0207 474 0766

in Bradford, UK – Fr. Gabriel Joseph Kyte, CFR
at 1274 721 989