The friars, who describe themselves as "penitents" dedicated to missionary and humanitarian work, are ecstatic at the result and last week began donning the re-designed habits. Their move has become the talk of the town of Assisi, where the Franciscan monastic order was founded by St Francis in the 13th century. The Order of Friar Minors or O.F.M.

It was necessary to have "courage and intelligence" to change a friar's habit, he said.

The most distinctive feature of the Capuchin habit is the large hood or cappucio, where the name of the order comes from. who was known for his deeds and his humility. We shall discuss the garments each one of them wear, as below. A conventual friar Image source: Wikipedia. The answer to the question is a definite “yes.” Most of us are used to wearing form-fitting clothing in the modern style, and so robes tend to take some getting used to. In the Constitutions of Narbonne (1260), St. Bonaventure, who was General Minister, prescribes that the friars never wear black or white. She has now come up with a snappy, charcoal grey model in lightweight wool. To remain faithful to that spirit today, friars should be dressing in the same way as down-and-outs. But the problem remains: where would one keep one's mobile phone?".

The gray color helps blend in with the city environment, complementing the bleak atmosphere of the slum areas, where the friars usually dwell during missions. To speak of the color of the habits worn by Franciscans (men and women inspired by the charism of Francis of Assisi) is not an easy task. The key theme of the different habits of different Franciscan orders is humility: Brown habits make use of the color of dirt and ash-gray utilizes the color of urban poverty. Towards 1240, an English chronicler speaks of friars minor wearing “long gray robes “. The move has also attracted criticism.

The entire color scheme signifies both humility (brown) and purity (white). was established in 1517 to adopt a simpler, poorer life. Obviously, color has always had a symbolic energy that serves as a reminder of the spiritual identity of the group. It was the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, who was known for his deeds and his humility. It started out in rural areas with friars wearing brown habits but later evolved to adopting ash-gray robes and serving the urban poor in cities. The color of the habit of the Franciscan families of the First Order expresses the birth and the evolution of currents within the Franciscan family.

Vittorio Messori, an Italian journalist and commentator on Church matters, and who, with the Pope, co-wrote the bestseller Crossing the Threshold of Faith, was unconvinced. Throughout the centuries, the families of the first Order – that of the “friars minor” – adopted gray and brown colors (in many shades: light, dark, chestnut, reddish) … and even black. The new garb, they say, will be both more practical and comfortable.

The order has the most direct line to St. Francis himself. It gives example to religious women and men that they should not have elegant and fine attire, but rather wear dull colors, like that of the earth”. Elisabetta Bianchetti, a specialist designer who has created robes for cardinals and monsignori, was brought in to produce something "simpler, cleaner, more dynamic and professional". The other Franciscan orders, who all dress differently, are said to be eyeing jealously their brothers' new habits, which they may be tempted to emulate. The habits honor the legacy of St. Francis of Assisi, whose unassuming nature greatly influenced many individuals to strip themselves of their worldly ways. The black pleated habit used by the Franciscans' Third Regular Order for 150 years, not only "weighed a ton", the friars complained, but looked "cliched", and failed to reflect their philosophy. The overall habits of the order is similar to the O.F.M. Pasquale Magro | Source: www.sanfrancescopatronoditalia.it, Br. Capuchin friars live in smaller homes and operate in lesser numbers. The Friars Minor Capuchin, in 1912, decided on their present chestnut color. Besides being much lighter than the present black wool habit that weighs seven pounds, the trim new design has breast pockets in which the the brothers can keep their mobile telephones. As you may already know, St. Francis established the Franciscan order and his influence spread throughout the world. The Friars Minor Conventual up to the constitutions of 1803 were bound to wear ashen gray, but in1823 black began to prevail. The gray color helps blend in with the city environment, complementing the bleak atmosphere of the slum areas, where the friars usually dwell during missions. It started out in rural areas with friars wearing brown habits but later evolved to adopting ash-gray robes and serving the urban poor in cities. Mr Messori told a fashion magazine: "One must be careful not to go over the top.

The dirt-brown habits worn by the friars define meekness and the down-to-earth nature of the order, living out their days in rural areas where they assist the poor.

Towards 1240, an English chronicler speaks of friars minor wearing “long gray robes “. Some wonder if it is ever awkward to wear the habit. He argued that while the design being brought in now was "new", it was in fact based on a cross between what had been worn by St Francis himself, and an old habit designed in 1447.

Under the legal protection of the Conventuals, the Order gained legal independence in 1628.

He said: "To return to a more modern, humbler style, which is in fact based on a much older one, we are returning to the simplicity which we are supposed to be all about. What did Francis think about the color of the habit? Until 1517, the Franciscan family, born in 1209, was a juridical one, governed by a single General Minister, considered by all to be the direct successor of Saint Francis. ", He also rejected suggestions that behind the move there lurked a worldy vanity. There are new male and female congregations that even wear blue in honor of the B. V. Mary. ", He added: "St Francis did not distinguish between friars and the poor, and for that reason he chose to wear a piece of rough wool with a hole in the middle of it. Yves St Laurent once displayed an authentic friar's habit in his showroom, as an example of a design that could not be bettered.