Community of the Franciscan Way

A life of prayer, humility, simplicity, and voluntary poverty alongside the poor

The Community of the Franciscan Way, or CFW, is a Catholic Worker farm and Mission of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. We seek a life of prayer, humility, simplicity, and voluntary poverty alongside the poor

Committed to the Catholic Worker movement, founded in 1933 by Peter Maurin and Dorothy Day, we advocate for personalism, a decentralized society, and a green revolution through nonviolence, the works of mercy, manual labor, and voluntary poverty. Eight permanent residents currently live in our Catholic Worker house, and our Christ Room is available nightly for temporary guests. Funds and donations are directly used for the performance of the corporeal and spiritual works of mercy, and no one in the House draws any compensation from contributions.

On our farm, we raise our own beef, dairy, eggs, chicken, and turkey. Our beef is grass-fed and provided salt, minerals, and kelp. Our poultry are pasture raised and fed a non-GMO ration that is grown and milled locally. To support our farming operation and common life, the "fruits" of our labor are available for purchase. In addition to on-farm pickup, we deliver once/month to the Church of the Good Shepherd (Asheboro), Church of the Holy Family (Chapel Hill), and North St. Neighborhood (Durham).

A typical day at The Little Way Farm

0600                            Morning Prayer
0700                            Milk Cow and farm chores
0900                            Breakfast
1000 to Noon              Farm projects/chores
1300 to 1600               Rest or study
1600                            Prepare supper and work with animals
1730                            Evening Prayer
1800                            Supper
1900                            Discussion
2100                            Sleep


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