They are a community of Catholic men and women I the
world who seek to pattern their lives after Christ in the spirit of St. Francis.
We follow St. Francis’ example of perfect joy: the knowledge that with Jesus as our center
we have true peace and all good.
We foster community spirit through monthly fraternity
meetings and other gatherings as well as through apostolic outreach, the
community, and the wider world.
In fraternity we help one another on our Secular
Franciscan journey. We begin with a
period of initial formation under the direction of a qualified member of the
fraternity. Permanent profession as a
Secular Franciscan is a step on a life long journey.
We strive to bring peace to people and draw them to
God by living the Gospel message. We
must be ready to forgive, comfort and most of all love. It isn’t easy or accomplished quickly. It is a lifelong work. That is the purpose of our ongoing formation.
A few of many notable people who have been members of
the Secular Franciscan Order include Pope John XXIII, St. Elizabeth of Hungary,
Dante, Raphael, Michelangelo, Charles Gounod, Louis Pasteur among others….
We invite you to visit to get to know us and see if
God is calling you to the Secular Franciscan way of life. Of course you are under no obligation. We meet from 2:00 to 4:30 pm the second
Saturday of the month at St. Joseph Church in Newton.
more information, call:
Marmorato, OFS (828) 578-6801 or Paula Coleman, OFS (704) 860-9610
The Transitus Service is an annual Franciscan devotion for religious and secular alike observed over the past three decades. Each year on the evening of October 3rd, we remember the passing of Francis of Assisi from this life into God through a Transitus ritual. The Transitus has become a significant annual event where we ritually revisit the story of Francis’ passing. It specifies the living memory of Francis; it intensifies our commitment to follow Christ in the way of the poor man of Assisi.
The Fraternity of Brother Francis, Newton NC celebrated the annual Transitus service with our brothers and sisters and a few guests. What a powerful evening of spiritual awakening and fraternity!! We began by dimming the lights in the little church of St. Joseph’s Newton NC and lighting two candles on a small burlap covered table surrounded by little statues and icons of our beloved Brother Francis. In front of the table a brown hooded shroud with a knotted rope waist cord lay at the foot of the table cascading down the altar step, empty, bodiless, as our Seraphic Father is no longer in this world.
With the mood and spirituality focused on God, we prayed the Franciscan Proper Evening Prayer at the beginning of our intimate Transitus service. We paused and passed bread in an offertory basket to our brothers and sisters as we read how as Sister Death was approaching, our holy father Francis commanded that bread be brought to him and ceremonially blessed and broke it, giving it to those at his side whilst the book of St. John, “Before the feast of the Passover” was read to him as Thomas of Celano shares in “The Desire of a Soul” Chapter CLXIII, #217.
What a beautiful tribute and remembrance of our dear St. Francis. What a powerful evening of spiritual awakening as we joined together, praying and breaking bread as a Fraternity on a perfectly peaceful North Carolina October evening. God is so Good. St. Francis, pray for us.
Saturday, August 11th – The Feast of St. Clare-Two Celebrations!!!
The Fraternity of Brother Francis celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Profession for our minister, Carole Marmorato, OFS.
August 8th was the actual anniversary and
how fantastic it was to celebrate this achievement
on The Feast of St. Clare.
Also celebrated was the Mass of Permanent Profession to the Secular Franciscan Order for Paula Coleman, OFS. Paula is now the newest permanently professed member of the Fraternity of Brother Francis, Secular Franciscan Order.
The day was filled with celebration and joy! Thanks be to God.
June 24, 2018 is the 40th year anniversary of Blessed Pope Paul VI approval of the revised rule for the Secular Franciscan Order!!! So our jubilee year begins!
CIOFS our international leaders have provided a wonderful video outlining the history of our order and how the Pauline rule came about.
February 24th, 2018 Mr. Bernard Taft, OFS made his solemn profession to the Secular Franciscan Order! Bernie was joined in a Franciscan Mass of Profession presided over by Father Jim Collins of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Newton, NC. Bernie’s friends and Franciscan family were all present and the celebration continued afterward in the Holy Family Hall.
The Fraternity of Brother Francis and Knights of Columbus celebrated a hot dog and treat feast for the little people parishioners of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Newton, NC. Angels and Saints abounded included a mini St. Francis of Assisi!
The Brothers and Sisters of St. Francis region held the Annual Regional Gathering (ARG) August 11th through 13th at Life Way Conference Center in Ridgecrest, North Carolina. Secular Franciscan Order Fraternities from North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia were present for this beautiful retreat in the NC Mountains.
This year’s theme: “Be the Joyful Face of Christ to All”
Brother Bill Short, OFM was the guest speaker for the weekend events and all were amazed by his profound messages. A link to his talks is available on our Regions website http://www.bssfsfo.org/2015-annual-regional-gathering/