Secular Franciscan Order

St. Anthony of Padua Fraternity
Secular Franciscan Order
Carey, Ohio

What is a Secular Franciscan?
Secular Franciscans are members of the third order founded by St. Francis of Assisi. Originally we were known as the Brothers and Sisters of Penance. Today, we are called Secular Franciscans.

Who can become a Secular Franciscan?
This order, approved and recognized by Rome, is composed of and suitable for any Roman Catholics not bound by religious vows. If you are married, single, young or old, laity or clergy and not bound by religious vows and want to follow Christ as Francis of Assisi did, please contact us.

What do Secular Franciscan do?
We strive to live the Gospel life, taking the teachings of Jesus Christ and applying them to our every day situations. Not only wondering, what would Jesus do, but also demonstrating to our fellow man what Jesus did. This means bringing peace to people and drawing them to God by living the Gospel message. We must be ready to forgive, to comfort and most of all to love. This is only accomplished by dying to ourselves. We are to conform our life to Jesus’ life. We are to turn the other cheek, walk the extra mile, suffer as He suffered, pray as He prayed, forgive as He forgave, love as he loved. To the Secular Franciscan these words are not only a motto or a beautiful ideal. The words signify our mission, our way of life, and our vocation. It is supposed to be the mission and way of life for all who call themselves Christians. It isn’t easy or accomplished quickly. It is a life long work. That’s the purpose of our on going formation program.


How Do I Become a Secular Franciscan?

The process of becoming a professed Secular Franciscan is a journey culminating in a lifelong commitment to live the gospel following the example of St. Francis of Assisi.

The first stage, Orientation. During Orientation you will be introduced to the lives of St. Francis and St. Clare and share in Franciscan prayer life.

The second stage, Inquiry. It is a time of in-depth study of the lives of St. Francis and St. Clare. During Inquiry you will learn about the Franciscan charism and Franciscan history.

 The third stage, Candidacy. It is a time of preparing for permanent commitment by immersion into fraternity life.

After profession of the Rule and permanent commitment to the gospel way of life, the newly professed member joins the rest of the fraternity in ongoing formation.


If God can work through me, he can work through anyone – Saint Francis


Please call or attend our Monthly Meeting for more information.


Meeting Schedule:

The second Monday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Parish Office Building.


For More Information Call:

Bonnie Long 419-306-6606


Saint Francis’ Prayer before the Crucifix:

Most High, glorious God,

enlighten the darkness of my heart and give me

true faith, certain hope, and perfect charity,

sense and knowledge,

Lord, that I may carry out

Your holy and true command.






January 2018