Are there any well-known Secular Franciscans?

POPES Innocent III – 1198-1216 Honorius III – 1216-1227 Gregory IX – 1227-1241 Bl. Gregory X – 1271-1276 Nicholas III – 1277-1280 Celestine V – 1294 – Martin V – 1417-1431 Sixtus IV – 1471-1484 Alexander VI – 1492-1503 Leo X – 1518-1521 Sixtus V – 1585-1590 Innocent XII – 1691-1700 Clement XII – 1730-1740…

How did the Secular Franciscan Order begin?

The Secular Franciscan Order began with Saint Francis of Assisi. From the very beginning of his ministry Saint Francis found people who desired to follow his way of life and spirituality — yet were married or did not want to become religious. Saint Francis responded by writing “The First Letter to all the Faithful” around…

How is the Secular Franciscan Order structured?

The Secular Franciscan Order is an Order within the Roman Catholic Church. It is divided into fraternities at various levels: local, regional, national, and international. The OFS is governed by the universal law of the Church; and by its own Rule, Constitutions, Ritual, and statutes. The interpretation of the Rule and of the Constitutions belongs…

What does it mean to be a Secular Franciscan?

Secular Franciscans commit themselves to live the Gospel according to Franciscan spirituality in their secular condition. The Secular Franciscan must personally and assiduously study the Gospel and Sacred Scripture to foster love for the word of the Gospel as it is proclaimed by the Church with the assistance of the Holy Spirit. Secular Franciscans, called…