Film recommendation: Pope Francis: A Man of His Word

From our National Minister, Jan Parker, OFS:

It is my heartfelt wish that every Secular Franciscan take any opportunity – or make an opportunity – to see the movie “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word.” It is extraordinary! I came away compelled – realizing I have barely begun to live the Franciscan life I professed. Our mission is stated clearly, passionately – and Pope Francis gives us hope! See it in a theater, if you can. The images unfold beautifully on the big screen.

Jan Parker OFS
National Minister OFS-USA

Official Website:

Director: Wim Wenders
Writer: Wim Wenders

Release Date: May 18, 2018

Runtime: 1hr 36m Synopsis: “Pope Francis – A Man of His Word” is intended to be a personal journey with Pope Francis, rather than a biographical documentary about him. The pope’s ideas and his message are central to this documentary, which sets out to present his work of reform and his answers to today’s global questions.

2018-06-17T17:29:45+00:00 June 17th, 2018|Categories: Announcements|2 Comments

Celebrate the Rule with this new CIOFS video

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the OFS of the United States,

CIOFS, our international fraternity, has prepared a special gift for us to help us celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Rule. It is a 12-minute video, entitled, “Forty years of the ‘New’ Rule. A Treasure for the OFS.”  It provides an historical perspective on the Rule of 1978 and a beautiful summary.

Click video to the right to watch the English version right now, right on this page. The links below will take you to each of the four language versions on YouTube. Please send a link to all of your fraternities and members. View the video and celebrate the rule together. Take some time to discuss and contemplate its message. Celebrate this great treasure in your hearts and carry it with you throughout the day.

This video is available in the four official languages:

The code below can be used to embed the videos in a webpage or social media post:

  • English:
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  • Spanish:
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  • Italian:
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  • French:
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2018-06-14T20:19:42+00:00 June 14th, 2018|Categories: Announcements, CIOFS, New Resource|3 Comments

Deadline extended for OFS/FMS trip to Bolivia

Good afternoon, brothers and sisters, and peace be with you!

The registration deadline for the Secular Franciscan trip to Bolivia has been extended to June 15.  This trip, led by Franciscan Mission Service for our Order, is from August 25 to September 2.  We need just a couple more registrations to reach the minimum necessary for the the trip to go forward.  Please consider this opportunity to visit one of the oldest mission sites for FMS, and to learn about our sisters and brothers in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

The flyer can be downloaded here; the new deadline is June 15.

Patrick Martin, ofs

2018-05-30T19:12:42+00:00 May 30th, 2018|Categories: Announcements|0 Comments

The new Secular Franciscan USA website is now online!

We’re pleased and excited to announce that our new national website is now online and ready for visitors. Thanks to everyone who helped to make this possible with their prayers and hard work.

One small caveat: Every newly launched website is a work in progress. We are still in the process of moving the vast collection of material stored on the old website over to the new one. If you can’t find something that you are looking for, you should be able to find it at the old site as no content has been removed from it. If there is something that you feel should be made a priority in the moving process, please let us know using the contact form. We will also continue to tweak the overall layout and functioning of the site once we get a chance to see it in action.

If you are the administrator of a Franciscan website, please be sure update your link to our site to:

Pax et bonum!

2018-05-03T20:23:43+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Categories: Announcements, Website Housekeeping|3 Comments