Who are the Secular Franciscans?
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.
For more information, call:
Carole Marmorato, OFS (828) 578-6801 or Paula Coleman, OFS (704) 860-9610