“Jesus Christ is the center and inspiration of our lives as Franciscans. He is the way, the truth, and the life. In Him we live and move and have our being. He clarifies our thinking with His teaching. He directs our actions with His value system. He moves our hearts with the power of His presence in our lives.
Therefore, to observe the gospel means that we live Jesus, that we make His life and teachings and values our own, just as Francis of Assisi did.”
- Benet A. Fonck, OFM, Called to Proclaim Christ
“The rule and life of the Secular Franciscans is this: to observe the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ by following the example of Saint Francis of Assisi, who made Christ the inspiration and the center of his life with God and people.”
- Article 4 - Secular Franciscan Rule
Living the Gospel
"The Secular Franciscan Order was established by St. Francis of Assisi more than 800 years ago. Our purpose is to bring the Gospel of 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." - Secular Franciscan USA
In Our Families
In their family they should cultivate the Franciscan spirit of peace, fidelity, and respect for life, striving to make of it a sign of a world already renewed in Christ. By living the grace of matrimony, husbands and wives in particular should bear witness in the world to the love of Christ for his Church. They should joyfully accompany their children on their human and spiritual journey by providing a simple and open Christian education and being attentive to the vocation of each child.
Rule of theSecular Franciscan - Article 17
In Our Churches and Fraternities
Secular Franciscans, therefore, should seek to encounter the living and active person of Christ in their brothers and sisters, in Sacred Scripture, in the Church, and in liturgical activity. The faith of Saint Francis, who often said “I see nothing bodily of the Most High Son of God in this world except his most holy body and blood”, should be the inspiration and pattern of their eucharistic life.
Secular Franciscans, together with all people of good will, are called to build a more fraternal and evangelical world so that the kingdom of God may be brought about more effectively. Mindful that anyone “who follows Christ, the perfect man, becomes more of a man himself”, let them exercise their responsibilities competently in Christian spirit of service.
Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order - Article 14
Honoring Our Mother in
May & October
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.
Our fraternity and the whole Franciscan family; Our families, parishes and the Bishops within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix.
In the Press
"your vocation stems from the universal call to holiness""doing penance" with "works of penance". "These - fasting, almsgiving, mortification - are consequences of the decision to open one's heart to God".
Secular Franciscans, you live by vocation your belonging to the Church and to society as inseparable realities. For this reason, you are asked first of all to bear a personal witness in the place where you live:"
I would like to join you in thanking God for the long way he has granted you to come, filling you with his benefits. And as Pastor of the whole Church I want to thank him for the precious gift that you yourselves are for the Christian people in its entirety.