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The Secular Franciscan Order was established by St. Francis of Assisi more than 800 years ago. Our purpose is to bring the Gospel to life where we live and where we work. We look for ways to embrace the Gospel in our lives and try to help others to do likewise.

National Minister’s Message

Prepare for Pentecost!

What happens when we pray, “Come, Holy Spirit?” Nothing – unless our hearts are worthy to receive! St Cyril of Jerusalem said, “Like a dry tree which puts forth shoots when watered, the soul bears the fruits of holiness when repentance has made it worthy of receiving the Holy Spirit.” Yes, the Holy Spirit is necessary to produce the fruits, but repentance is necessary to receive the Holy Spirit! What does this mean for Franciscans? In a word – conversion!

So, how do we prepare for Pentecost? Here are some instructions written just for us.

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Are you called to the Secular Franciscan Life?

Would you like to give more time to God, but wonder how to do that when your life is so busy?  Do you long for holiness, and feel a need for support in growing spiritually?  Perhaps your heart has been moved by stories of St. Francis of Assisi, or the Peace Prayer attributed to him, and you are seeking that same holy simplicity, true peace and perfect joy?  If so, Christ may be calling you to explore the Secular Franciscan life.  We would be happy to meet with you to share about the Franciscan journey.  We invite you to contact us.

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A selection from our Rule of Life:

United themselves to the redemptive obedience of Jesus, who placed His will into the Father’s hands, let them faithfully fulfill the duties proper to their various circumstances of life. Let them also follow the poor and crucified Christ, witness to Him even in difficulties and persecutions.

— Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order – Article 10

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