Have You Ever Felt...
There's something missing in my life style.
I feel an urge to grow as a person.
I want to do more with my life.
I'm single, married, widowed, ...
I don't want to leave the world for a religious community, and yet
I want to grow in my relationship with Christ.
Consider the Secular Franciscans
Franciscans strive to live the gospel, in the spirit of Saint Francis
Franciscan come from all walks of life...Laborers, Professionals, Housewives,Executives, Workers, Ordinary Citizens, Managers, Career people, etc.
Franciscans meet monthly to replenish themselves spiritually and study God's way through Saint Francis of Assisi.
Franciscans learn to improve their prayer life, sacramental life, devotional life, .... The WORLD is their arena of activity.
Franciscans reach out to people in need.
Franciscans become involved in parish activities.
Franciscans volunteer services in whatever areas appeals to them.
Franciscans promote family life.
FRANCISCANS are people with desires like YOURS.
How do I Learn About the Franciscan Way of Life?
First one seeks a Fraternity location from your parish priest or from a Secular Franciscan.
You express an interest to learn about the Secular Franciscans.
The Fraternity Welcomes You.
You receive information about the Order.
An assigned Franciscan member instructs you once a month.
Remember, You have no obligation to join, just to learn.
Then, if You would like to continue your studies,
you are Admitted into the Order of Franciscans Secular (OFS).
Your information and education about the Order continues at a deeper level.
You also attend meetings where Franciscan topics are presented and discussed.
In time, You are asked whether you want to make a permanent commitment to the Secular Franciscan way of life. If you do, you are Professed
into the Order of Franciscans Secular.
You continue to learn about your Franciscan way of life through monthly meetings.
What are the Obligations?
Nothing binds you under sin except what binds you as a Catholic.
You join in the prayer of the Church by reciting a form of Liturgical prayer, suitable for Secular Franciscans.
You try to attend Mass as often as you can.
You say morning and night prayers.
You say prayers before and after every meal.
You examine your conscience nightly.
You pray for those in need: sick, suffering, dying...
Become an example to others through your life style.
Wear a symbol of your commitment -- a "T" shaped Cross.
Attend regular Fraternity meetings...
Participate in prayers & Mass.
Lead a discussion if you wish to.
Contribute to the Fraternity common fund for the missions, unwed mothers, charitable causes, needy, poor...
Try to attend a monthly Holy Hour.
Get to confession if needed, or confess often for the grace of the sacrament.
You and Secular Franciscans
Secular Franciscans are a Religious Order. It is a vocation to a Way of Life.
You have to be called to serve.
You learn your calling by attending meetings.
You will never know if You are called unless You
The Stigmata Fraternity
Mt. Alvernia Retreat Center
Meetings: usually on the fourth Thursday of
each month at 7:15 PM in the chapel.
Wappingers Falls, NY
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