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Community of the Franciscan Way
at Little Way Farm

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

About Our Community

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

0900              Breakfast

1000 to 1200     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


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:

  • Carpentry help
  • Coffee, creamer, and sugar
  • Dish soap
  • Toilet paper (single-ply)
  • 13-gallon kitchen trash bags
  • Grocery cards
  • Wheat sandwich bread

Please pray for us.

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