There are approximately 18,000 members of the Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) in the United States. At present the SFO is governed by its own Rule of Life as well as general Church Law.
Franciscan spirituality is going from Gospel to life and life to the Gospel. The SFO enables the Franciscan charism to be lived out by married and single members of the laity, and by diocesan clergy – bishops, priest and deacons.
The Secular Franciscan Order is just that, an Order within the Catholic Church, and not an organization or club. SFO members strive to live the Gospel in the manner of St. Francis of Assisi by spreading the Gospel by word and example in their homes, at work and in their parishes.
Secular Franciscans are members of a local fraternity, a living and active Christian community. The fraternity is the privileged place for developing their sense of Church, their Franciscan vocation and ministry.
Monthly fraternity meetings held here in the Chapel of Our Savior with their common prayer, formation, and fellowship provide the spiritual nourishment needed to live as a Christian in the world.
If you are interested, you must be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church, be willing to accept that belonging to the SFO means a life-long commitment to the Franciscan way of life, and be at least 17 years of age. Please feel free to contact us for more information. We will put you in touch with the minister of the Blessed Lucius Fraternity here at the Chapel of Our Savior.
For additional information about the Secular Franciscan Order, please contact Maria Joia at (508) 208-0524.
Pax et Bonum.