Welcome to the Secular Franciscan Order

A man of Assisi prophetically venerates the young Francis, spreading his mantle at his feet in the town square

Afterwards, when he had perfectly put on Christ, Francis would say that even while he was in secular attire he could scarcely ever hear any mention of the divine love without being deeply moved in his heart. At the same time the sensitivity of his gentleness, together with a refined set of manners, a patience and affability beyond human decorum, and a generosity beyond his means singled him out as a young man of flourishing natural disposition. This seemed to be a prelude to the even greater abundance of God's blessings that would be showered on him in the future. Indeed a certain exceptionally simple man of Assisi, whom it is believed God had instructed, whenever he chanced to meet Francis going through the city, used to take off his cloak and spread the garment under his feet, claiming that Francis was worthy of reverence, since he was destined to do great things in the near future and would be magnificently honoured by the entire body of the faithful.

Cf. St. Bonaventure's Major Legend of Saint Francis, (ED vII LMj I:1 page 531)

Saint Francis is Inviting You

Francis of Assisi is known as Everybody’s saint .
In fact, many men and women love him, or his example so much that they make a lifelong commitment to follow his way of life. Is God calling you to follow Christ in the footsteps of Francis?
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    Saint Francis of Assisi left us "a Dream to dream and a Journey to challenge everyone".  All Franciscans are inspired by him to follow Christ.  The Secular Franciscan Order belongs to this family.  In their secular state, members permanently commit themselves to live the Gospel as Francis did, following his Rule approved by the Pope. The OFS is open to the laity and diocesan clergy. 
    There are more than 850 Secular Franciscans in Great Britain.  Gathering in fraternities, they strive to grow in the love of God and in peace with each other. In this way, they aspire to be faithful disciples of Christ.

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