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Knights of the Holy Eucharist: A community serious about expanding

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Founded in 1998 by EWTN’s founder, Mother Angelica, this Franciscan order of brothers is working to attract more men to their brotherhood. 

December 28, 2020David KilbyThe Dispatch2Print

During a time when genuine religious communal life is being overshadowed by social media and virtual meetings, the Knights of the Holy Eucharist, founded in 1998 by EWTN’s founder, Mother Angelica, are expanding their outreach to attract more men to their brotherhood.

The Franciscan order of brothers hopes toopen a new friaryin the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, to expand its community. In this age of secularization, however, it’s an uphill battle to find vocations–especially when the concept of religious brother itself is becoming forgotten.

According toCARA, the number of religious brothers in the U.S. has decreased from12,271in 1965 to 3,931 in 2019. It’s a trend similar to just about every possible Catholic statistic, which all point…

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