The Community of the Franciscan Way at Granite Springs is a mission of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. We seek a life of prayer, work, and hospitality with the poor as envisioned by the Catholic Worker tradition of Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin.
Currently, some of us live in the Granite Springs farmhouse. Many other folks, who don’t necessarily live at the farm, also regularly participate in our weekly rhythms of prayer, work, and feasting.
As with all communities, we seek to be “intentional” about many things. However, each person has a different story and unique gifts, and often, our collective stories enfold organically. Therefore, we try to ground our relationships in a personalism centered around shared practices.
What is personalism? It’s like this: most friendships in life come as a result of participating in common activities together, whether thrown into them–like at a job, or drawn into them like in a softball league. Rarely do lasting friendships come by way of formal applications or programmed procedures. For us, participating in community comes from rubbing shoulders together during shared practices: daily prayer, food preparation/feasting, hospitality, and work on the farm.
Such practices also help us cultivate a unique, alternative economy that enriches our hospitality with the poor. In the CFW, work is shared by each person—as he or she is able—and connected to the whole. This ties bodily work to personalist friendships rather than to detached
institutional arrangements. Practically, this results in people from all walks of life—young and old, rich and poor, white and black, scholar and worker—coming together in life-giving ways.