Secular Franciscan Order

Ordo Franciscanus Sæcularis

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The news reached us last January 15th and made us, the Swiss Church and, above all, the dioceses of Lausanne, Geneva and Friborg very happy.

The Secular Franciscan Order (OFS) is celebrating the 800th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Umiliana de’ Cerchi, a Franciscan tertiary who lived and died in Florence, Italy (1219-1246). She was proclaimed blessed in 1694.


Lucien Botovasoa was born in Vohipeno (Madagascar) in 1908, the first of nine brothers and sisters. He started studying at the public school, then he attended the Fathers (Priests) School when it was opened. He was then baptized and received First Communion when he was 14 years old. He completed his studies at the St. Giuseppe (Joseph) di Fianaratsoa School and became an instructor at the Fathers’ School.




Merciful Father, you have called us to live according to evangelical penance, following the example of Saint Francis of Assisi.

- Help us, through diligent reading of your Word, to go from Gospel to life and life to Gospel (cf. Rule. OFS, 4).