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

St. Francis’ Nativity – December 2017

Did you know?  The origin of the Christmas creche is attributed to the very holy man, St. Francis of Assisi.

In the year 1223, St. Francis was visiting the town of Greccio,  Italy built on a mountainside.   St. Francis realized that the chapel of the Franciscan hermitage would be too small to hold the congregation for Midnight Mass. So he found a niche in the rock near the town square and set up the altar, one unlike anything every created before.
According to St. Bonaventure (d. 1274) in his “Life of St. Francis of Assisi” :
It happened in the third year before his death, that in order to excite the inhabitants of Greccio to commemorate the nativity of the Infant Jesus with great devotion, [St. Francis] determined to keep it with all possible solemnity; and lest he should be accused of lightness or novelty, he asked and obtained the permission of the sovereign Pontiff. Then he prepared a manger, and brought hay, and an ox and an ass to the place appointed. The brethren were summoned, the people ran together, the forest resounded with their voices, and that venerable night was made glorious by many and brilliant lights and sonorous psalms of praise. The man of God [St. Francis] stood before the manger, full of devotion and piety, bathed in tears and radiant with joy; the Holy Gospel was chanted by Francis, the Levite of Christ. Then he preached to the people around the nativity of the poor King; and being unable to utter His name for the tenderness of His love, He called Him the Babe of Bethlehem. A certain valiant and veracious soldier, Master John of Greccio, who, for the love of Christ, had left the warfare of this world, and become a dear friend of this holy man, affirmed that he beheld an Infant marvelously beautiful, sleeping in the manger, Whom the blessed Father Francis embraced with both his arms, as if he would awake Him from sleep. This vision of the devout soldier is credible, not only by reason of the sanctity of him that saw it, but by reason of the miracles which afterwards confirmed its truth. For example of Francis, if it be considered by the world, is doubtless sufficient to excite all hearts which are negligent in the faith of Christ; and the hay of that manger, being preserved by the people, miraculously cured all diseases of cattle, and many other pestilences; God thus in all things glorifying his servant, and witnessing to the great efficacy of his holy prayers by manifest prodigies and miracles.
St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!!!