The secular franciscan order is an order within the roman catholic church and was founded by saint francis of assisi we strive to observe the gospel of our lord jesus christ by following the example of saint francis of assisi and to make present the charism of saint francis in the life and mission of the church the rule and life of the . Of saint francis by means of this rule approved by the church 3 the present rule succeeding memoriale propositi 1221 and the rules approved by the supreme pontiffs nicholas iv and leo xiii adapts the secular franciscan order to the needs and expectations of the holy church in the conditions of changing times its. The number of secular franciscans has been dropping and many believe a deeper knowledge and understanding of the rule and franciscan spirituality is vital the secular franciscan order ordo franciscanus saecularis or ofs is the third order founded by st francis of assisi in 1221 for lay men and women and diocesan clergy who feel called . The rule of the secular franciscan order prologue exhortation of st francis to the brothers and sisters of penance circa 1210 1215 concerning those who do penance all who love the lord with their whole heart with their whole soul and mind with all their strength and love their neighbors as . Secular franciscans should devote themselves especially to careful reading of the gospel going from gospel to life and life to the gospel structure the secular franciscan order is a religious order in the catholic church it is divided into fraternities at various levels local regional national and international
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