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Franciscan Brothers of Peace Antonio Pagba, left, and Conrad Richardson, talk with “David” at the friary.  Photo Courtesy of The Catholic Spirit.

Be sure to read The Catholic Spirit's, February 27, 2018, article featuring the Franciscan Brothers of Peace and their work through The Center for Victims of Torture, located at the Queen of Peace Friary in St. Paul.  The center is recognized internationally as a leader in helping victims of torture through an interdisciplinary approach of medical care, psychotherapy and social services with hopes they’ll become productive members of society.

There are aproximately 60,000 survivors of torture in Minnesota — about 44 percent of all refugees in the U.S. are survivors of torture.  However, only a “tiny percentage” of torture victims are eligible for resettlement; most live in refugee camps. But the center’s high rehabilitation improvement rates among survivors has been a source of hope for many. Last year, the center helped around 400 individuals of 40 different nationalities.  The majority of the refugees being helped have escaped unthinkable persecution because of their faith, and have been forced to flee torture and terror and the atrocities of war. 

The 12 brothers provide room and board and fulfill other tangible needs — climate-appropriate clothing, food, monthly mass transit passes and phone cards. Multicultural artwork hangs on the walls of their friary, and their kitchen is stocked with ethnic foods to help give their guests a sense of home.

 To find out how you can further help the Franciscan Brothers of Peace continue to fulfill their mission this Lent, read the full The Catholic Spirit article detailing all that they do for those in need at The Center for Victims of Torture, by following the link below:

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Franciscan Brother of Peace Founder Michael Gaworski

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