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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

Our Jubilee Begins!

I recently asked a room full of Secular Franciscans to write three words to describe the OFS Rule.  Replies included, “conversion, prayer, humility” and “Gospel to Life”, but my favorite response was “who we are”.  What does the 40th Anniversary of the Rule mean for us, if not to live more fully who we are called to be?  How are we to do this?

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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:

The Virgin Mary, humble servant of the Lord, was open to His every word and call. She was embraced by Francis with indescribable love and declared the protectress and advocate of his family. The Secular Franciscans should express their ardent love for her by imitating her complete self-giving and by praying earnestly and confidently.

— Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order – Article 9

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