MISSION STATEMENT – 2018
The mission of the Five Franciscan Martyrs Region
of the Secular Franciscan Order
is to walk in the Spirit of St. Francis of Assisi
by bringing gospel to life and life to the gospel
and promoting a sanctified family.
OFS Formation Cards published in English and Spanish
Formation Cards from CIOFS 1
Register now for the 9th OFS Summer Seminar at Saint Francis University. Deadlines are June 1 (discount) and June 25 (final)..
For more information and online registration, visit: https://sites.google.com/francis.edu/2018-ofs-summer-seminar/home?authuser=0
Secular Franciscan Summer Seminar
Saint Francis University - July 12 - 15, 2018
Endorsed by the National Executive Council of the Secular Franciscan Order - USA
Famed "Miracle Hunter" Michael O'Neill's original EWTN series They Might Be Saints will air a special one-hour episode on
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 10:00 p.m. EDT featuring the proposed Martyrs of la Florida. The episode will focus on some of the courageous and heroic witnesses who gave their lives for the
Catholic faith during the Spanish missionary period.
The cause for the Martyrs of la Florida was formally opened on October 12, 2015 in Tallahassee and is currently being prepared for
submission to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome. Officially designated as the cause of the Servants of God Antonio Cuipa and Companions, this cause includes 17 priests and religious,
7 Spanish lay men and women, and over 60 Native Americans who come from six of the seven dioceses in Florida.
More information about the Martyrs of La Florida can be found at www.martyrsoflafloridamissions.org.
Contributed by: Mark R. Banschbach, OFS
Author of "Canticle Reflections"
The SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER
The Secular Franciscan Order, formerly known as the Third Order of St. Francis, is an official Order within the Catholic Church, established by St. Francis of Assisi himself early in the thirteenth century.
Ordinarily, we do not live in community; rather, we live with our families and perform our jobs out in the world, gathering in fraternities on a regular basis. On the one hand, our fraternity is the whole world; on the other hand, our local fraternity, our home-based faith community if you will, is the world where we work out our salvation AND the salvation of our sisters and brothers.
By profession, we promise to follow a Rule of Life approved and confirmed by Pope Paul VI in June of 1978. You may read this Rule and the General Constitutions of the Secular Franciscan Order on this website.
The Rule and Constitutions might be a good place for you to begin your online inquiry. You might like to read more about St. Francis from numerous websites, including the one given above. You may pick up your phone and call 1-800-FRANCIS for more information. You might click on this list of Regions and Fraternities across the whole United States (http://www.nafra-sfo.org/regions.html) and see if you can find a fraternity near you to visit. You might email the Regional Minister for more details.