Community of the Franciscan Way

Siler City, North Carolina, United States

  • Last updated: January 18, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: September 27, 2012

Mission Statement

a Catholic Worker in the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina.

Community Description

The Community of the Franciscan Way (CFW) is a Catholic Worker farm and Mission of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. 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. Eight permanent residents currently live in our Catholic Worker farm house, and our Christ Room is available nightly for temporary guests. Funds and donations are directly used for the performance of the corporeal and spiritual works of mercy, and no one in the House draws any compensation from contributions.


  • Type(s): Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 44 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members


  • Adult Members: 5
  • Child Members: 3
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 11-20%
  • Percent Men: 81-90%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    The best way to get involved in the community or to contact us is to come to the Daily Office at the farm: Monday through Friday at 7:00 am and 5:30 pm.

  • Open to new Members: Yes


  • Decision Making: By an individual community leader
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Energy sources: wood
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Current food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas
  • Cell Phone Service: Not good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Christian, Protestant, Catholic, Episcopalian
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Catholic Worker

Fair Housing Laws

This community acknowledges that their listing does not include any potential violations of the Fair Housing Law, or that they do not provide housing. For any questions about this topic please see our Content Policies and contact FIC with any questions or concerns: [email protected].


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