Secular Franciscan Order

Ordo Franciscanus Sæcularis

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On April 18th, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI addressed the Franciscan Family during the Mat Chapter saying:

"Dear friends, the last word I wish to leave you with is the same word that the Risen Jesus consigned to his disciples: "Go!" (cf. Mt 28: 19; Mk 16: 15) …and continue to "repair the house" of the Lord Jesus Christ, his Church. … Like Francis, always begin with yourselves.”


As a living stone of the Church, the Secular Franciscan Order is involved in this mission. The XIII General Chapter taking place in Brazil, close to the Church of Our Lady of Aparecida, will deal with the subject “Evangelized to Evangelize”. In order to have a fruitful event, we invite every Local, Regional and National fraternity to assume and enrich the reflection previous to the Chapter.