Who We Are…

October 25th, 2013 by Tracy Chuey

We are the Holy Cross Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order, one of 26 fraternities within the Lady Poverty Region and one of over 1200 in the United States.  You are welcome to stop by to meet our Franciscan family at one of our regularly scheduled meetings – the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary of Grace Parish Hall in Meadville, PA.   We look forward to telling you all about our Fraternity and our dear St. Francis.

To find out more, feel free to contact:

Kathy Barton        814-382-5651       kbartonsfo@yahoo.com

Tracy Chuey         814-382-3649      tchueysfo@gmail.com

Who are Secular Franciscans?

The Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) is a branch of the worldwide Franciscan Family.  We are single and married.  We work, worship and play in the community where we live.

The SFO is a secular movement, established by St. Francis of Assisi more than 800 years ago.  Our purpose is to bring the gospel to life where we live and where we work.  We  look for practical ways to embrace the gospel in our lives and try to help others to do likewise.

In today’s world, we are plagued by time schedules, projects and activities that leave us tense and stressed.  The SFO becomes our place of refuge and renewal where our brothers and sisters in Francis support and inspire us.  You, too, can become a lifetime member of our family – if God is calling you.

What do Secular Franciscans Do?

Secular Franciscans follow the SFO rule that requires us to spend time in community with our Franciscan brothers and sisters.

We gather monthly.  We support each other through the ups and downs of daily life.  We pray together.  We take opportunities to learn about our Church, our community and our world.

Our rule mandates us to be involved in apostolic ministries and with youth.  When we are called to action, we embrace the call joyfully.  Some of us are religious education teachers, some have a special ministry to animals, some have made a commitment to Perpetual Adoration.  Some work with the poor and homeless.

As a fraternity, we take action on issues that affect the lives of others.  We do letter writing campaigns in response to social justice issues; we support the efforts of our brothers and sisters who are serving the poor and lepers half way around the world.

Is the SFO for you?

If you have a Franciscan vocation, you probably have a desire to do something more.  Perhaps you feel a need for support in growing spiritually.  Or, deep down, you sense a need to serve God in a special way.  Or, for years, you have felt an affinity with St. Francis.  He seems to pop up all around you and you just don’t know why.  Perhaps, God is calling you!

Getting to know the SFO better may be a way to determine if you have a vocation.

You’ll have plenty of time to get to know us before you make any commitment.  The SFO requires three months of Orientation and six months of Inquiry.  During that time, you’ll come to our monthly gatherings and have a few informal classes.

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