The Community of the Franciscan Way, or CFW, is a Mission of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, housed on Little Way Farm.
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.
Two permanent residents currently live in our Catholic Worker house. The community house also has two Christ Rooms that regularly offers temporary hospitality.
Our days are devoted to The Works of Mercy. Particularly, this involves leading the Daily Office at The Little Way Farm, cooking breakfast, gardening/farming, administration, being available to our poor and homeless friends, preparing a community dinner three times a week, and maintaining the House. Catholic Worker life is a full-time, unpaid commitment. It is ministry and work. We strive to be usefully unemployed.
A typical day at The Little Way Farm
0600 Morning Prayer
0700 Farm Chores
1000 to 1200 Farm projects/chores
1300 to 1600 Rest or study
1600 Prepare supper and work with animals
1730 Evening Prayer
We operate at minimal costs, choosing to live lives of relative simplicity. Our work is supported by the financial contributions of 11 generous monthly pledgers and other supporters. These eleven pledgers contribute $1,700 per month towards our average monthly expenses of $3,500 (of which rent and utilities are 65%). We beg for the difference.
We are not financially supported by the farm, the Diocese, any social service organization, or any so-called "do good" bureaucracy. We are dependent on the personal charity of our friends, families, and local church. If you are able to give, please make a monthly pledge or one-time contribution through our Online Store or by mailing a check.
Donations of the following are welcomed:
Please pray for us.