Order of Franciscan Seculars
"They have been made living members of the Church in
Baptism... Therefore, they should go forth as witnesses and instruments
of her mission among all people proclaiming Christ by their life and
Secular Franciscans are as diverse in their
fidelity to following Christ as their numbers are large. They are first
of all committed to living in the world, to family, job, and society.
They are devoted, as well, to the church and to the speicial apostolate
of their fraternity. The differences which exist among the professed
members of the Order reflect both the stength of their personal gifts as
well a genuine devotion to living the virtues of Saint Francis in
today's world. Whatever the pattern, however, always look for and expect
the gifts of peace, joy and love.
Lady of Consolation Fraternity hopes, by the grace of God, to embody
the commitment made at our profession -- to observe the Gospel of Our
Lord Jesus Christ by following in the footsteps of St. Francis of
of Our Lady of Consolation Fraternity strive to make present in their
life the charisma of St. Francis within their family, their fraternity,
their community, and in the life and mission of the Church, through a
life of renewal and growth in the Spirit.
On the third Sunday of most months, at 3:00 p.m. Franciscan Retreats
and Spirituality Center hosts a meeting of the Fraternity of Our Lady
of Consolation of the Secular Franciscan Order.
order" was started by Saint Francis himself, in response to the enormous
popularity of his movement and after a personal request from the Pope.
While the "first order" consists of friars --both brothers and priests–
and the "second order" is the "Poor Ladies of Assisi" -- or the "Poor
Clares" -- the Secular Franciscan Order is made up of Catholics of every
stripe: male and female, married, single, divorced, widowed, priests,
The term "Secular" indicates that we live in the world and
although we make a public profession we are not bound by public vows as
are religious orders living in community. Becoming a Secular Franciscan
is a journey that involves three separate stages and culminates in a
lifelong commitment to live the Gospel following the example of St.
Francis of Assisi. This formation process unfolds in regularly scheduled
formation sessions that usually involve a prayer service and a
presentation and discussion on our Franciscan approach to life.
At fraternity meetings, we foster an active participation of each
member in the life of the fraternity to experience community by:
A deep, personal and communal knowledge of the Lord Jesus and one
another through Prayer (Days of Recollection, para-liturgies, communal
prayer, prayer basket, prayer line, Liturgy of the Hours, etc.)
The sharing of insights and ways for applying the gospel life to
everyday experiences, through on-going formation, faith sharing, and our
If you are interested in the Secular Franciscan Order, please attend
a meeting or ask one of the friars to help you contact a member.
Each year Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center conducts a Friends of Francis retreat for Secular Franciscans and those who are interested in Franciscan spirituality. Please check our Calendar for a schedule of upcoming retreats.