Who We ARe
We are a local Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan order, located in San Diego, California.
The Secular Franciscan Order is a community of Catholic men and women who live regular, “secular” lives in their communities, following Jesus Christ in a manner described as “following in the footsteps of Saint Francis of Assisi.”
The Secular Franciscan Order was established by St. Francis of Assisi himself in 1221. It is a religious order in the Roman Catholic Church, with Fraternities at the local, regional, national, and international level. As a religious order belonging to the Holy See of the Catholic Church, the Secular Franciscan Order is described in Latin as Ordo Franciscanus Saecularis, which is abbreviated as “OFS.”
Two Quotes from the Rule
In the OFS, sisters and brothers in Fraternities are not bound by religious vows, but after a period of initial formation, we make a life-long profession to follow the Rule and the Life of the Secular Franciscan Order. Two brief quotes from the Rule provide an introduction: