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  • The Secular Franciscan Order - An Appropriate Lay Vocation
    St Francis of Assisi Countless lay people married single divorced and widowed loved Francis of Assisi so much and admired his simple gospel way of life so much that they wanted to follow him He wrote a Rule of Life for them and called them the Brothers and Sisters of Penance Later they were known as the Third Order of St Francis and finally today they are the S F O Secular Franciscan Order So you see it s not the San Francisco Airport but it is a place to fly Secular Franciscans are dynamite lay people who realize that the Christian life is not simply living up to the Ten Commandments but living out the Sermon on the Mount the Beatitudes and being poor meek merciful In other words it is to be peacemakers followers of the way of St Francis witnesses of the Gospel the Good News They take no vows but profess to make the Gospel their rule of life in their daily activities St Francis of Assisi turned the world of his own day upside down gently but firmly when he wrote in his Rule that anybody who follows him could not carry weapons of any kind As a result the constant wars between cities and city states came to an end and at long last people realized that they were not enemies but sisters and brothers in the Lord Instead of using their energies for war they channeled their efforts into peace caring for the poor and needy in any way at all feeding clothing nursing the sick and dying visiting prisoners performing the Corporal Works of Mercy It was as if a whole society was leavened by the Holy Spirit and took it over for Jesus Our Secular Franciscans are about these same things today each person promising to live out the Christ life to the fullest The Secular Franciscans have a Rule of Life to follow which is simply a translation of Gospel values for everyday application It highlights four areas which are honest concerns of any Christian today FAMILY In their family they should cultivate the Franciscan spirit of peace fidelity and respect for life striving to make of it a sign of a world already renewed in Christ Rule of SFO par 1 7 The rule of life speaks of Family life and of respect for life major concerns of all of us We have seen family life fragment with divorce so often traceable to secular currents rampant in our society Selfishness consumerism materialism hedonism run amuck in the world today The Secular Franciscan promises before God and the world that he or she will endeavor to give herself or himself in service to others to live simply according to the Gospel to be a person of penance giving up that which is merely pleasurable for the sake of the kingdom Respect for life means a strong stance against abortion and in line with the seamless garment doctrine a respect for life in all forms i e opposition to the death penalty and opposition to the senseless killing in war WORK Let them esteem work as a gift and as a sharing in the creation redemption and service of the human community Rule of SFO par 16 Secular Franciscan Fraternities and individuals do all in their power to work to be worthy of their hire They also make every effort to help those less fortunate to obtain employment and therefore to have a sense of dignity which work brings with it They are imbued with the sense that all have jobs to do to bring about the fulfillment of the Kingdom here on earth to make a better world Human labor is a blessing both received and bestowed By working a person shares in the creative power of the Father renews the face of the earth along with the Son and brings the love of the Holy Spirit to the human community Such an attitude toward work can reshape one s own and others values and actions regarding labor and management business and economics a living wage and welfare proper use of one s own talents and the resources of others JUSTICE AND PEACE Let them individually and collectively be in the forefront in promoting justice by the testimony of their human lives and their courageous initiatives Especially in the field of public life they should make definite choices in harmony with their faith Rule of SFO par 15 Secular Franciscans all over the world are taking an active part in actually alleviating the hurts and sufferings of the poor and needy in this our day Francis Houses are springing up all over the country to help those who are hurting in any way at all These people MUST be cared for NOW and we must endeavor to help them live with dignity At the same time countless Seculars are involved with changing the system that produces such injustices Studying the issues being active in politics electing the right candidates or getting people out to vote for candidates who will bring about changes in the system are all concerns of the Secular Franciscans Just as Francis of Assisi was instrumental in bringing an end to war in his day Franciscans today are working for peace in many different ways Secular Franciscans actively take part in the Lenten Desert Experience protesting nuclear testing at the test site in Nevada They realize that we are hurtling down the road to destruction with the continued insane build up of weaponry They preach that today more than ever WAR IS OBSOLETE They believe that we must sit down at the peace table to try to negotiate with our brothers and sisters long considered enemies ECOLOGY OR ENVIRONMENT More over they should respect all creatures animate and inanimate which bear the imprint of the Most High and they should strive to move from the temptation of exploiting creation to the Franciscan concept of universal kinship Rule of SFO par 18 Francis saw all of creation the sun and moon the weather and water fire and earth forgiving people and death itself as symbols of the union between God and his people Hence all creation has a sacred quality and enjoys a oneness with humanity in the history of salvation Following the example of Francis the Secular Franciscans express a profound respect for all creation and use it for its intended God given purpose Furthermore they work to ennoble nature and technology and build a community conscience toward using natural resources This ministry toward creation will stem the selfish tide of abuse and waste and exploitation in this world We are joy filled followers of St Francis We would love to have you CATCH THE SPIRIT JOIN US IN THE SECULAR FRANCISCANS CALL 1 800 FRANCIS Lay Vocation Priest Prophet and King The important and transforming action of baptism incorporates all who receive the sacrament into the triple anointed role of priest prophet and king The Church is very clear that as the laity live out their baptismal identity they share in these important Christological activities of Jesus Each of the anointed roles highlight the messianic nature of Christ which is shared with the baptized as a way to inform and empower them for their ministry St Francis deepens this understanding in his reflection in Admonition V that women and men are created not only in the image of the Divine but more specifically in the image of Christ according to body and to His likeness according to the Spirit 5 As Christ was and is priest prophet and king so also are all those created in His image and likeness The sacrament of baptism enlivens and energizes this image and encourages those who receive it to live up to their birthright While much can be said about each of these three dimensions it is important to understand them as they are lived out and embraced by women and men in their day to day life The figure of the priest evokes the images of sacrifice and mediation The priest is one who offers sacrifice as a way to worship and thank God for the Divine presence in the world The priest is also a mediator one who stands before God and intercedes for people That is the priest stands before God in order to ask for pardon peace and grace This is the true and proper role of the laity as they participate in the saving mystery of Christ Through the daily activities of their Christian lives the laity give praise to God and ask for the Divine to be ever more present in the world In worshiping everywhere by their holy actions the laity consecrate the world itself to God everywhere offering worship by the holiness of their lives 6 The lay person is to both intercede for the world and to recognize that they are part of God s answer to this plea People everywhere seem to be asking where God is in the midst of the problems of the world As they cooperate with the Divine will the laity form at least one aspect of this response God is in and works through the laity The role of priestly mediation is heightened with the understanding of the role of a prophet who is challenged to clearly and boldly speak the word of the Lord even when it is inconvenient or difficult The prophet is one who lives two realities at the same time On one hand he or she is to be deeply immersed in the Will of God and know it intimately Only then can the prophet be a willing instrument in transmitting the Divine will to people in a way in which it can be understood and followed On the other hand a prophet is also to be deeply immersed in the currents of human society to know and understand the struggles and travails of the people to whom she or he is called to minister The prophet s challenge is to live vibrantly in this dual reality as a way to participate in the Church s work of evangelization For lay people this evangelization acquires a specific property and peculiar efficacy because it is accomplished in the ordinary circumstances of the world 7 The identification of the laity as king also brings out the gracious desire of God to share the essence of the divine nature with the women and men who are created in the image and likeness of the Divine Although the kingship of Jesus is not greatly emphasized in the New Testament 8 one of the most powerful images of Christ in Christian devotion is his representation as King King of heaven and earth King of creation and King of history In part this royal title highlights the Divine authority that was given to Christ that same authority that is passed on to his followers in order to empower them for their ministry in the world Again the laity are encouraged to exercise this authority in the secular sphere as a way of transforming the world through their witness As the Catechism states by uniting their forces let the laity so remedy the institutions and conditions of the world when the latter are an inducement to sin that these may be conformed to the norms of justice favoring rather than hindering the practice of virtue By so doing they will impregnate culture and human works with a moral value 9 What a tremendous challenge particularly in the world of the twenty first century with its incredible potential and its myriad problems Lay Vocation Specific Mission is the Consecration of the Secular Order When Francis started preaching penance after he had received permission from Pope Innocent III in 1209 or 1210 his message touched the hearts of many people who were thirsty for a way to vibrantly express their spirituality In this way the Franciscan movement was inaugurated In a short period of time three distinct groups evolved Two developed into regular religious communities which were guided by an approved rule the profession of vows and a structured life in community Thus the First order for men and the Second order for women who were called to embrace a truly Franciscan approach to religious life were born Those Christians who wished to embrace a Franciscan way of life in their own homes banded together as lay penitents and developed into the Third Order of St Francis This order which has had its own distinct charism from its inception finds its identity precisely in its secular or lay nature It is interesting to note the repetition in the early documents of the phrase in their own homes as a way to describe the Third Order or Secular Franciscan Order The term identifies an essential reality of the Secular Franciscan Order defines its proper sphere of activity and identifies its place in the world and the Church It is precisely in the midst of the secular order that members of the order lived the fullest expression of their baptism While there was certainly a wide range of activities which engaged Franciscans in the early years and more than a little overlap in their self understanding a case can be made for identifying members of the First Order as itinerant preachers and evangelists members of the Second Order as contemplatives and members of the Third Order as ministers of works of mercy The arena of their activity was the home and commune Their secular state was the vehicle or instrument through which they contributed to the up building of the Kingdom At a time in which many men and women gave up homes families careers and communes others found that it is precisely in these areas that they were called to more be involved Rather than leave home family career and commune they inserted themselves more deeply in them with gospel love and witness as a way to transform society This transformation of the secular order identifies the specific mission of the members of the Secular Franciscan Order In doing so members of the Order associate themselves knowingly or unknowingly into the same way of acting in the world that God has used through the centuries to touch the lives of people Even a cursory glance at Sacred Scripture highlights the fact that God has consistently become involved in the fabric of human existence in midst of its day to day struggle for life and love Jesus in his life death and resurrection is the greatest expression of this divine outreach at work It is precisely in the midst of the human condition that the fullest gift and invitation takes place In the First Exhortation to the Brothers and Sisters of Penance a document which has been embraced by both the Secular Franciscan Order and the Third Order Regular as an introduction to their respective rules St Francis challenges his followers to have a close intimate relationship to God After highlighting the five elements of a penitential life love of God love of neighbor hatred of sin participation in the Eucharist and a life which produces worthy fruits of penance he states O how happy and blessed are these men and women while they do such things and persevere in doing them because the Spirit of the Lord will rest on them and make Its home and dwelling place among them and they are children of the heavenly Father Whose works they do and they are the spouses brothers and mothers of our Lord Jesus Christ We are spouses when the faithful soul is joined by the Holy Spirit to our Lord Jesus Christ We are brothers to him when we do the will of the Father who is in heaven We are mothers when we carry Him in our heart and body through a divine love and a pure and sincere conscience and give birth to Him through a holy activity which must shine as an example before others 10 The result of a close union with God is that the penitent is able to give birth to Christ to be pregnant with the Word of God and be willing to share Him with others What a wonderful description of the action of transformation One would have to be in total denial of the condition of the world to think that everything is going well and according to God s expressed desire that all may have life an have it in abundance The past one hundred years have been the most brutal and dehumanizing in the history of the world Terms like ethnic cleansing abortion on demand euthanasia human cloning and pedophilia have become common place in our language and experience Every country on the face of the earth lives with the specter of terrorism prejudice racism corruption larceny and a host of conditions which threaten to rob humanity of its divine dignity In the face of these seemingly insurmountable problems the Christian is challenged to bring the enlivening Word of God in word and action into situations which lack God s transforming presence To use St Francis phrase the Franciscan is to give birth to Christ That is each Franciscan is to bring Christ into every experience and corner of life Professed religious are to do this in and through their ministries as individuals and as communities Secular Franciscans have the harder challenge of giving birth to Christ in their families their relationships with one another and in their fraternities on the various levels of the Order They are also to bring Christ to the markets schools factories farms political and military arenas playgrounds theaters museums every place where women and men are in need of the presence of God To say that the proper place of mission for the Secular Franciscan is in the secular sphere provides a context and a tremendous challenge for those who have embraced

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    Secular Franciscan Order SFO Join our email list First Name Email Address Home User account Create new account Log in Request new password User account Username Spaces are allowed punctuation is not allowed except for periods hyphens and underscores E mail address A valid e mail address All e mails from the system will be sent to this address The e mail address is not made public and will only be used if you wish to receive a new password or wish to receive certain news or notifications by e mail Password Confirm password Provide a password for the new account in both fields verification Type the characters you see in the picture if you can t read them submit the form and a new image will be generated Not case sensitive Switch to audio verification Home page Spiritual Enrollments Masses About Us Our Ministries Province History Care 4 Creation Peace and Justice Province Video Donate Donate Now Enrollment Cards Masses and Mass Cards Bequests and Legacy Gifts Need for Support Video Recurring Donations Vocations Discernment Exploration Formation Blog Vocation Videos Masses and Enrollments Enrollment Cards Mass Cards Contact Us Prayer Requests Vocations Contact Form Links Blog Privacy Policy Franciscan

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  • admin's Quotes | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    His creatures made you worthy when on earth to possess miraculous powers Franciscan Prayer Book The Franciscan Friars TOR Read more click link A Prayer Honoring Saint Anthony Almighty God You have given Saint Anthony to Your people as an outstanding preacher and a ready helper in time of need With his assistance may we follow the Gospel of Christ and know the help of Your grace in every difficulty Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit one God for ever and ever Amen Franciscan Prayer Book The Franciscan Friars TOR click link Act Of Consecration To Saint Anthony O glorious Saint Anthony servant and friend of God I salute you through the most loving Heart of our Divine Savior Jesus Christ who you held in your pure arms under the form of a child I choose you today as my patron advocate and father I place all my cares and temptations in your hands I earnestly resolve never to forsake you Great Saint lily of celestial purity obtain for me and all your other friends perfect purity of body and soul Franciscan Prayer Book The Franciscan Friars TOR Read more click link The Blessing of Saint Francis Whoever shall observe these things may he be filled in heaven with the blessing of the most high Father and may he be filled on earth with the blessings of His beloved Son together with the Holy Spirit the Consoler and all the powers of heaven and all the saints And I brother Francis your worthless servant as far as I am able approve this most holy blessing Amen Saint Francis of Assisi Franciscan Prayer Book The Franciscan Friars TOR click link Prayer Before The Crucifix Most high glorious God

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  • Saint Anthony's Bread | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    Enrollments Donate Now Blogs Forums Contact Franciscan Information Quotes Our Ministries The Secular Franciscan Order SFO User login Username Password Create new account Request new password Join our email list First Name Email Address Home Saint Anthony s Bread Catholics honor the tradition of Saint Anthony s Bread When we pray to St Anthony the Miracle Worker we often tell him in our prayers that if our intentions are granted we will make a gift to charity In the past this gift was a loaf of bread and so the tradition has become known as Saint Anthony s Bread Today instead of offering a loaf of bread to charity most Catholics donate to the Church or a religous Order in Saint Anthony s honor A Saint Anthony s Bread donation to the Franciscan Friars TOR will be used to help support the ministry of our Franciscans and your intentions will be offered during our evening prayer Our prayers and thanks to you and Saint Anthony of Padua for your generous gift Please send us any special intentions Let us know what you are thankful for Amount click link Syndicate Spiritual Enrollments Masses About Us Our Ministries Province History Care 4

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  • About The Friars | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    continued to follow the way of Francis while living in the secular world were eventually named the Secular Franciscan Order to distinguish them from the Third Order Regular or T O R s In the mid 18th century some groups of T O R s emigrated from Europe to the United States where they were invited by local bishops to continue their works of mercy most notably care of the sick and education In the mid 19th century a group of brothers from the community at Mt Bellew Ireland made three settlements in the United States Loretto Pennsylvania Brooklyn New York and Spaulding Nebraska Early in the 20th century friars from these three groups merged and with the help of Third Order Regular friars from Europe established the first American Province of the TOR The Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus with headquarters in Loretto PA The Sacred Heart Province focused its efforts on education and developed what is now Saint Francis University and The Franciscan University in Steubenville Ohio A decade or so later our Province of the Immaculate Conception was founded The Province is headquartered in Hollidaysburg Pennsylvania and was formed out of the need to serve Italian immigrants who came to the central part of the state to work on the railroad in the mines or in steel mills The Story of the Province of the Immaculate Conception Since its inception the Province of the Immaculate Conception has embraced change and grown by acknowledging the talents of its members and how these can be used to respond to the shifting needs of the Church Over our 80 plus years we have served in a wide range of ministries in schools educating or leading students from ignorance to wider perspectives in parishes building community and assisting

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  • Franciscan Friars TOR Immaculate Conception Province, USA | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    In 1447 the Italian fraternities of male Franciscan penitents were united in a single Order by Pope Nicholas V The friars located their motherhouse at the Basilica of Saints Cosmas and Damian at Rome in 1512 Today the Third Order Regular of Penance of St Francis is a worldwide fraternity dedicated to a life of communal living and service to the Universal Church The Order consists of sixteen provinces vice provinces and delegations We have nine hundred friars who live pray and perform the works of mercy in fourteen countries Countries break down into independent Provinces of which there are two in the United States Province of the Immaculate Conception Hollidaysburg PA Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Loretto PA THE MISSION OF THE FRIARS The friars of the Third Order Regular of Saint Francis and members of the Province of the Immaculate Conception take vows that challenge us to live a life of poverty chastity and obedience to the Church These vows allow us to further the work of our founder and patron Saint Francis of Assisi who followed the crucified and risen Savior without question or regret As Franciscans in service to the Church we listen to the teachings of Jesus Christ with assurance of God the Father and the Holy Spirit we listen to God s teaching in the Church and we listen to God s holy people as they speak to us The Franciscan lifestyle dictates that we as pupils of Saint Francis of Assisi respond to God s word by following the example of our patron we live simply free of possessions and attitudes dedicated to our brotherhood by answering the mission of the Church bringing the message of conversion to all we meet in God s name We are committed as friars

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  • Leadership | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    Email Address Home Leadership Father Patrick Quinn TOR Welcome to the website of the Franciscan Friars TOR Province of the Immaculate Conception in the United States of America I am pleased to welcome you to our community website I hope you take the a few moments to enjoy our site and learn more about our Province and the prayerful ministry we serve You may also wish to discover more information about the life of our patron and founder Saint Francis of Assisi or more information about the Third Order Regular Please feel free to contact me through our prayer request form our vocations pages or our development and Mass Association I look forward to hearing from you May God bless you and grant you Peace and Good Things The Provincial Council of the Immaculate Conception Province On Sunday January 24th 2010 the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular T O R Province of the Immaculate Conception celebrated the installation of their newly elected Provincial Council The members of the Council are from left to right beginning with the top row Rev Raphael Eagle T O R Rev Giles Schinelli T O R Rev Ambrose Phillips T O R Rev William Linhares T O R Rev Frank Scornaienchi T O R Vicar Provincial and Very Rev J Patrick Quinn T O R Minister Provincial The installation was presided over by the Most Rev Michael Higgins T O R to the right of Very Rev J Patrick Quinn Minister General of the Franciscan Friars Third Order Regular Rev David Kaczmarek T O R to the right of Most Rev Michael Higgins was elected by the Provincial Council to serve as Provincial Secretary The friars comprising the Provincial Council come from varied ministerial backgrounds and bring a great deal of knowledge and

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