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The silk painting, shown above, is by Ty Mam Duw, Poor Clare Colettines, Hawarden, WALES GB. Their website is here. Ty Mam Duw is Welsh and means The House of the Mother of God. Our Lady of the Pearl cherishes their friendship and is grateful for their many kindnesses and prayers. The image is used with permission.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Secular Franciscan Fraternity

The Secular Franciscan community is a union of persons, centered around our Lord Jesus Christ, commited to live and proclaim the Gospel. Our Constitutions states: "The fraternity of the SFO finds its origin in the inspiration of Saint Francis of Assisi to whom the Most High revealed the essential gospel quality of life in fraternal communion."

The Secular Franciscan vocation can be properly and effectively fulfilled only through life in community. It is a communal experience, not an individual spirituality. Throughout salvation history, beginning with Adam and Eve, every person is called to holiness in community with other people.

The Order is divided into fraternities, canonically established, at the local, regional, national and international level. Requests for admission are presented to the local fraternity. Admission is gradually attained through a time of initiation, a period of formation, and profession of the rule. Profession is a permanent commitment.

"Wherever the brothers may be together or meet other brothers, let them give witness that they are members of one family." (St. Francis of Assisi, 1223 Rule)

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