(Order of Friar Servants of St. Mary). Religious family of friars (priests and brothers), contemplative nuns, and conventual and secular tertiaries* founded 1233 when some cloth merchants of Florence, It., left their city and families to retire to an area near Florence for a life of poverty and penance. Miss. fields have included Arab., Philippines, Afr., Chile, and Brazil. See also Annunciation, Orders of the, 5; Mendicant Friars.
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