The Secular Franciscan Order, formerly known as the Third Order of St. Francis, is an official Order within the Catholic Church, established by St. Francis of Assisi early in the thirteenth century. By profession, Secular Franciscans promise to follow a Rule of Life approved and confirmed by Pope Paul VI in June of 1978.
What We Do…
Ordinarily, Secular Franciscans do not live in community; rather, we live with our families and perform our jobs out in the world, gathering in fraternities on a regular basis. In these fraternities the brothers and sisters, led by the Spirit, strive for ongoing daily conversion, to turn away from sin and to be faithful to the Gospel. We seek, with and only with God’s grace, perfect charity in our secular state, helping one another in this journey closer to Christ, following in the footsteps of Sts. Francis and Clare. If you are interested in pursing this way of life established by St. Francis of Assisi please contact us.
St. Francis Fraternity
JoAnne McNamara, OFS