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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".

Franks SFO Profession cropMary Queen of Peace Fraternity, St. Paul Mn. is proud to announce and welcome 93 year old, Frank Junghans, as he makes his Profession to the Secular Franciscan Order...

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St. Anthony Spirituality Center

   A Resident Franciscan Community

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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

 

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

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Saint John Paul II Fraternity

Canonically Established

The Emerging Fraternity of Saint John Paul II was established canonically on May 3rd, 2014 at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Waseca, MN. The Most Reverend Bishop John M. Quinn, Bishop of Winona was the celebrant for this great day of jubilation.

The Fraternity’s Mission Statement is as follows:

We as Franciscan laity are committed to seeking and promoting a closer relationship with God for ourselves and others by living the Gospel of Jesus Christ and by following St. Francis’ and St. Clare's example of simplicity, humility and service using the Rule of Life of the Secular Franciscan Order as our guide.

The Fraternity gathers monthly on the 4th Sunday of the Month from 1:00-4:00 PM at the Sacred Heart Convent, Saint Francis Room, 400 Second Avenue NW, Waseca, MN 56093.

They also hold Spiritual Buffet gatherings on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM in the same location.

 Congratulaions from all your Brothers and Sisters in Fraternity!   

Reflections

St. Louis of France 800th Year

 Prayer for the Jubilee year.

      April 25, 2014 thru April 25, 2015

 God, Our Father,

 We give you thanks for the wonders that you have accomplished through your servant Saint Louis. He consecrated his life to the service of your Kingdom according to the example of Saint Francis of Assisi. This is why he has been chosen, with Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, as co-patron of the Secular Franciscan Order. We therefore ask Saint Louis to be close to each one of us and to the entire Franciscan Family.

 Saint Louis,

 You, who considered your baptism as the greatest gift received, rekindle in us the grace of our own baptism and of our profession in the Secular Franciscan Order

 You, who meditated on the Word of God every day, help us to live the Gospel, to conform our lives to the life of Jesus, poor and crucified, and to offer our lives out of love for our brothers and sisters.

 

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Greetings from...

Kim Pappas, QOP Minister

 

 

As I write this, it is shortly after the Regional Fraternity Meeting and we have a new Regional Executive Council.  There are returning members, as well as new members. This is the first time the Region has elected a Formation Director. Margi Florence from Des Moines is our first. We also saw the retirement of Sr. Mary Lou as a Regional Spiritual Assistant. Sr. Nancy Miller, OSF and Kathy Taormina, OFS were installed as Regional Spiritual Assistants.

 

Our Regional Fraternity has a new fraternity, St. John Paul II, Waseca, which was canonically recognized in May. We were honored that Bishop Quinn was the celebrant. Holy Trinity Fraternity, Dubuque, celebrated their 100th anniversary late last year. The new Regional Council will be meeting this summer to lay out priorities upcoming term. If you have ideas or concerns, please contact anyone on the Council.

 

God Bless You, Kim Pappas, ofs.

 

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