Traditionally friars are mendicants (beggars) who rely on the goodwill of others for their support and living. Differing from monks who maintain a high degree of self-sufficiency, friars choose to offer themselves in ministry with others, particularly those living on the margins, and therefore need the support of benefactors for their daily living.
Today some brothers need to be employed in order to keep the bills paid but the support of benefactors is still very important in order to be able to maintain the offer of voluntary and unpaid ministry.
The friary is grateful for donations in both cash and kind which can be mailed to the friary or lodged directly with our bank.
Bank: Westpac Banking Corporation
Branch: Browns Bay
Account name: Society of St Francis
Bank code: 03 0123 0169383 00
The Society of St Francis, First Order Brothers in New Zealand is grateful to be remembered in bequests.
The wording for such bequests could be;
“I give and bequeath to the New Zealand Custody of the Society of St Francis (First Order Brothers) the sum of ……… for the general purposes of the work of the Society, and I direct that such bequest shall be free of all duties, and I declare that the receipt of the Guardian for the time being shall be sufficient discharge for the same.”
Society of St Francis Trust
The Society of St Francis Trust is a charitable trust which accepts gifts and bequests for the support and maintenance of the friars in New Zealand. More details are available from the Secretary of the Trust, Mrs Judy Entwisle, 104 Waiakei Avenue, Papamoa Beach 3118.