Our community at Hilfield Friary is an intentional community of brothers of the First Order of the Society of St Francis (an Anglican Franciscan religious order with life-vowed members) together with men and women who commit themselves to share in the Franciscan life and work of the Friary for a limited period of time.
There are currently 19 members the Hilfield Community: a young family with three small children, two other married couples, four young volunteers with us for up to a year, others who are here for a longer period, and five SSF brothers – all in all a rich mixture of people of different backgrounds and from different parts of the world.
Our life is centered around the chapel and the refectory; common prayer and meals eaten together are the framework for everything else that goes on here. We meet daily to plan and share the work of the Friary and regularly at other times to reflect on our life and take decisions about the community. We also provide a place at the Friary for those who may be in need of some particular support in living.