The Community of the Franciscan Way, or 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 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.
On our farm, we raise our own beef, dairy, eggs, chicken, and turkey. Our beef is grass-fed and provided salt, minerals, and kelp. Our poultry are pasture raised and fed a non-GMO ration that is grown and milled locally. To support our farming operation and common life, the "fruits" of our labor are available for purchase. In addition to on-farm pickup, we deliver once/month to the Church of the Good Shepherd (Asheboro), Church of the Holy Family (Chapel Hill), and North St. Neighborhood (Durham).
A typical day at The Little Way Farm
0600 Morning Prayer
0700 Milk Cow and farm chores
1000 to Noon Farm projects/chores
1300 to 1600 Rest or study
1600 Prepare supper and work with animals
1730 Evening Prayer