Baptism at San Felipe de Neri Church, Old Town ABQ
The primary mission of the Community of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFRs) is to feed the spirit through evangelization (e.g., youth retreats) and to feed the body through hands-on work with the poor (e.g., soup kitchen).
The evangelization efforts of the CFRs are carried out in many ways. They celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass daily, serve the needs of the local poor, run retreats and days of recollection for adults, give talks and play music at parish missions throughout the diocese, pray and witness to the sanctity of life at local abortion clinics, avail themselves for confessions, and provide a loving presence to the community.
The friars’ most common form of evangelization is to just go about their business while making themselves personally available to people they meet. The gregarious nature of these men and their willingness to spend time with and listen to people makes the friars a joyful spiritual light in a dark world.