The Secular Franciscans


Secular Franciscans are a community of Catholic men and women in the world who seek to pattern their lives after Christ in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. We believe that we are called to live out this vocation with other like-minded Christians. In our common response to the Gospel, we work together in the community toward a deep evangelical life and toward communion with all people. This is our way of life.

We are not a club or society. We are united in an international Order founded by St. Francis over 800 years ago. There are over 400,000 Secular Franciscans worldwide.

The Franciscan Family

As St Francis started to live out his life in ministry, others wanted to live as St. Francis lived: men and women, single and married. These followers became the Franciscan Family:

  • Franciscan Friars (First Order): Priests and brothers who live in the community after making Solemn Vows.
  • Poor Clare Nuns (Second Order): Cloistered women who live in a contemplative community after making vows.
  • Other Franciscan Congregations (Third Order Regular): Priests, brothers, and sisters who live in the community after making Final Vows.
  • Secular Franciscans (Third Order Secular): Lay people and diocesan clergy living Gospel simplicity in their homes after making a life-long promise to live this life.

At the Shrine

St. Anthony Fraternity

The St. Anthony Fraternity was established in 1954. For over 55 years, its members have strived to make the Franciscan ideal a part of their daily lives. We have worked for racial equality and justice. We gather food and clothing for the poor and homeless. We serve at St. Anthony Shrine & Ministry Center as volunteers, lectors and extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist. We meet the second Saturday of the month at 10:45 in the morning.

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La Fraternidad “San Francisco y Santa Clara de Asís”

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El santo padre Francisco nos exhorta a vivir el evangelio, como San Francisco de Asís, para reconstruir la iglesia.

¿Quieres ayudarlo? ¿Quieres sentir la paz, el bien y la perfecta alegria?

Unete a la tercera orden seglar. A la fraternidad San Francisco y Santa Clara de Asís. Te espera con los brazos abiertos.

La fraternidad de San Francisco y Santa Clara de Asís es la fraternidad de los miembros de la Orden Franciscana Seglar que hablen español. Nos reunimos el primer domingo de cada mes a las 3:00 PM en la sala en el sótano del Santuario de San Antonio. Todos están bienvenidos.

Mas información: Argentina OFS, 781-264-4123 cel.