This blog cited above is an apostolate of charity for my confreres, who are ex-franciscan friars of the Immaculate, a religious foundation with its HQ in Benevento, Italy, founded by Fr. Stefano Manelli and Fr. Gabriele Pelletieri, at Frigento (Avellino, Italy).  Many friars have left the community over the years, all for different reasons or motives or occasions.  On account of our strong faith and devotion for the franciscan-marian vocation, many of us have suffered diverse difficulties since then.  This blog is to help my confreres survive in their vocations and to exit from any problems or difficulties into which they might have fallen since leaving. In the 18 years since my own separation, I have learned something about how to survive and flourish in one’s own vocation.  If any of my confreres seeks counsel, a brother’s ear, or encouragement, please leave a comment.