SECULAR FRANCISCAN WAY OF LIFE

St. Francis of Assisi

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

Transitus – October 2018

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.

-Paula Coleman, OFS

June 24th 2018 – OFS 40 Year Anniversary of Pauline Rule

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.
Enjoy!
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Bernard Taft Profession to the Secular Franciscan Order – February 2018

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.

Father Jim & Bernie

All Saints Day Party – November 2017

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!