The Franciscan charism calls the friars to live and minister as brothers in community.

From the HNP announcement:

Our fraternal life together is a central priority for us – it is the core component of who we are and profess to be. With our diminished numbers, it is impossible for us to maintain all of our current ministerial commitments while also maintaining fraternities composed of several friars living in community. And as Franciscans we are called to imitate the itinerancy of Jesus who moved throughout the towns of his native land, never settling forever in one location. Thus Francis, in his Later Rule, admonished the friars,

“Let the brothers not make anything their own, neither house, nor place, nor anything at all. [Live] as pilgrims and strangers in this world, serving the Lord in poverty and humility… ” (Later Rule,6)