Yesterday the Secular Franciscan Order at Newton welcomed two new members: Ariel and Joanna.
When new members seek to join the Secular Franciscan Order, a simple admission rite is conducted in the presence of the fraternity and a priest. The ceremony begins with a hymn, an “admonition” of dedication to the Franciscan way, a prayer and readings from the Bible and the writings of St. Francis. The candidate or candidates then formally request admission into the fraternity, are formally accepted by the fraternity president and are confirmed as members by the priest if present. The president then reads the order’s creed and offers the fraternity’s commitment to supporting the new members. The rite ends with the sign of peace, a hymn and the Blessing of St. Francis.