Main slideshow

Food for Thought

"I can do all things through him who strengthens me."

Philippians 4:13

You are here: Home

    WELCOME...  feel free to have a look around.    Please  CONTACT US via email or submit a ticket via the HELP DESK if you notice any  login problems,  missing documents etc.  with the site.
                                                         Your webteam


Welcome...please linger awhile with St. Francis and St. Clare...fall in love with... 

The Secular Franciscan Order

The Secular Franciscan Order, or SFO, gives the religious life to Catholic men and women who cannot leave home and family for monastery, seminary or convent.  It offers to people of all occupation and conditions a Rule that makes their life rich and peaceful by centering it on God.  Secular Franciscans profess the Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order, to “follow Christ in the footsteps of Francis of Assisi” (Rule, Article 1),  preaching the Gospel…using words when necessary.   It fills them with the charity of St. Francis, engaging them in apostolic work, which flows out into the community, offering help and comfort to those in need.

Individual Secular Franciscans gather in local fraternities to share fellowship, pray, witness to one another and grow in the knowledge of the Lord increasing their Faith.  The local fraternities in the United States are organized into Regions.  Queen of Peace Region under the patronage of our Blessed Mother Mary, whose feast we celebrate on December 8th, includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and the western section of Wisconsin.

From the days of its founding, the Secular Franciscan Order of St. Francis of Assisi has been the inspiration not only of the poor and the humble, but also of some of history’s towering geniuses.  It has developed the spirit of St. Francis in outstanding men like the artists Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Murillo; musicians such as Palestrina, Liszt and Gounod; explorers like Christopher Columbus; the writers Dante, Cervantes, Johannes, Jorgensen and Francis Thompson; such scientists as Galileo, Galvani, and Volta.

"Oh, what a joy to walk with the Lord as St. Francis did.  May you hear the call and experience the peace of Franciscan life".

Interested in becoming a Secular Franciscan?

USA, call 1-800-FRANCIS for information, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Find out more about the process of becoming a Secular Franciscan HERE


“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing "
Edmund Burke

“Each day is a new discernment to make the decision to live our Franciscan covenant with God. "
Ilia Delio, OSF



Easter Tears


Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus' body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don't know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. “Woman,” he said, “why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (John 20:11-18).

Greetings from...

Your Minister

As I write this, we are a few days into the (very cold) New Year. Did you make any New Year's Resolutions? According to Neale Walsch, "Yearning for a new way will not produce it. Only ending the old way can do that."
The most popular resolution is weight loss. Most of us know instinctively that we have to get rid of the old (junk food) to make way for the new (healthy eating). The same holds true for our Spiritual/Franciscan lives. Are you confessing the same sins? Ask yourself, "what is the old and what do you want to be the new?" St. Francis and St. Clare both rid themselves (dying to self) of the old so that they would make way for the new (openness to God).
I think the reason that they have endure so long is not because of their "Birdbath Franciscanism" but that they were always open the newness of God. It is very ironic that the two of them turned their backs on the societies of their day in favor of God and the societies of Assisi (of the last 800 years) have ridden their coattails. I suspect that they would be appalled at the profiteering.
Let us remember that St. Francis' dying instructions were for us "to do what is ours to do." That gives us a world of opportunity to end our old ways in favor of giving space to new ways. God Bless and make (more/new) room for God.
Peace and all Good,   Kim Pappas, OFS

Go to top