Brother Douglas Downes was one of the key founders of the Society of St Francis. He was an academic and a priest concerned about the homeless wayfarers in Depression-era England. Each summer, he would go on the road to minister to them. Eventually he set up the farm at Hilfield to provide work in the context of a Christian community. He was the first Minister of the Society.
Brother Douglas died on September 7, 1957.
Our Province has provided readings to celebrate his life. They are printed in the Manual, and are online here
Brother Francis’ memoir of the life of Brother Douglas is here on the Australian First Order Brothers’ site. .