Secular Franciscan Order 1st Gathering in 2021

Last Sunday Secular Franciscans at Newton started 2021 with a fresh outlook on fraternal life and leadership. It was wonderful to see you all after such a long break.

St Francis Of Assisi Rule of Life

for all his followers

“Let the brothers who are Ministers and servants of others visit and admonish their brothers and humbly and charitably correct them, not commanding them anything that is against their soul and our rule. Let the Ministers, moreover, receive them [brothers in difficulty] charitably and kindly and have such familiarity with them that these same brothers may speak and deal with them as masters with their servant, for so it must be that the Ministers are the servants of all the brothers”

The Rule of The Secular Franciscan Order

Chapter Two: The Way Of Life #4 The rule and life of the Secular Franciscans is this: to observe the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ by following the example of St. Francis of Assisi who made Christ the inspiration and the center of his life with God and people.
Christ, the gift of the Father’s love, is the way to him, the truth into which the Holy Spirit leads us, and the life which he has come to give abundantly.
Secular Franciscans should devote themselves especially to careful reading of the gospel, going from gospel to life and life to gospel.

 

Chapter Three: Life In Fraternity #22 The local fraternity is to be established canonically. It becomes the basic unit of the whole Order and a visible sign of the Church, the community of love. This should be the privileged place for developing a sense of Church and the Franciscan vocation and for enlivening the apostolic life of its members.

 

Chapter Three: Life In Fraternity #24 To foster communion among members, the council should organize regular and frequent meetings of the community as well as meeting with other Franciscan groups, especially with youth groups. It should adopt appropriate means for growth in Franciscan and ecclesial life and encourage everyone to a life of fraternity. The communion continues with deceased brothers and sisters through prayer for them.

 

Chapter Three: Life In Fraternity #26 As a concrete sign of communion and co- responsibility, the councils on various levels, in keeping with the constitutions, shall ask for suitable and well prepared religious for spiritual assistance. They should make this request to the superiors of the four religious Franciscan families, to whom the Secular Fraternity has been united for centuries.
To promote fidelity to the charism as well as observance of the rule and to receive greater support in the life of the fraternity, the minister or president, with the consent of the council, should take care to ask for a regular pastoral visit by the competent religious superiors as well as for a fraternal visit from those of the higher fraternities, according to the norm of the constitutions.

St Francis Of Assisi Catholic Community