SAN DAMIANO FRATERNITY

SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER

WHO ARE WE? We are CATHOLIC LAITY of the SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER, both lay men and women, married and single. Individually and as a COMMUNITY we strive to grow in a deep PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS, in the spirit of Saint FRANCIS of Assisi and Saint CLARE. Yes, we are a real ORDER, but we take NO VOWS; however, over a period of time and in three GRADUAL STAGES, we seek to COMMIT OURSELVES FREELY to follow this WAY OF LIFE

WHY ARE THERE ORDERS FOR LAY PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH?

Holy Mother Church teaches that all of us are called to strive for holiness; this includes lay people, as well as diocesan and religious priests, sisters and brothers. Down through the centuries God has raised up holy women and men, who have founded Religous Orders which have shown us successful ways to God, for example, the Carmelites, Benedictines, Jesuits, Franciscans or our spiritual cousins, the Dominicans. The Church has approved these  Orders, along with the Charisms or Spiritual Gifts of their founders.   To aid us lay men and women on our journey  to God, the Church encourages us to consider one (and only one)  of these orders to follow. In Prince of Peace Parish, we are blessed with three such Orders: Carmelites, Benedictines, and Franciscans. While other parishioners have experienced a vocation  to the Carmelites or Benedictines, we have responded to a call to become Franciscans.

When St. Francis began his ministry in the Middle Ages, he first attracted men who became priests or brothers of the First Order (Order of Friars Minor, i.e. "order of lesser brothers"). Then Saint Clare experienced the call to follow and thus the Second Order ( Poor Clares or Poor Sisters) was formed for sisters. But soon St. Francis was besieged by  married couples and single people,  many of whom had responsibilities to their families; for example Blessed Luchesio and his wife Buona Donna asked to be admitted separately to the First and Second Orders respectively, which could be permitted under certain circumstances. However, St. Francis was reluctant to split families; he prayed over the matter and  was inspired to form a Third Order (Secular Franciscan Order).  That's us!

..IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT US FIRST HAND, WITH NO PRIOR COMMITTMENTS OR OBLIGATIONS, WHY NOT DROP IN ON ONE OF OUR MONTHLY GATHERINGS. ON THE FIRST FRIDAY MORNING OF EACH MONTH WE ATTEND THE 8:00 A.M. MASS, ADORATON OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT AND DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET AT PRINCE OF PEACE CHURCH, 702 VALLEY FORGE BLVD.& ROUTE 674, SUN CITY CENTER. FROM SEPTEMBER THROUGH JUNE, WE IMMEDIATELY RETIRE TO THE MAIN HALL IN THE PARISH CENTER FOR FELLOWSHIP OVER A CUP OF COFFEE. BY ABOUT 9:15 A.M. WE GO UPSTAIRS TO ROOM # 4 FOR SHARED PRAYER, ONGOING FORMATION (INSTRUCTION ) AND MINISTERIAL WORKS OF CHARITY. HOWEVER, IN JULY AND AUGUST AFTER MASS, CHAPLET & ADORATION, WE GO OUT TO A LOCAL COFFEE SHOP FOR BREAKFAST AND FELLOWSHIP. WHY NOT COME AND LOOK US OVER, WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED.

SERVANT/COUNCILORS

The following are our fraternity servants, who were elected by the professed members on January 6, 2012.  Elections are to take place every 3 years.

Minister: 

 Pat Wolfert     patwolfert1942@gmail.com

                                      (813) 210-5902

Vice Minister:            

         Ken Wolfert       kenwolfert42@gmail.com

                                       (813) 732-4171

Treasurer:                

      Helen Kyne       Kyne343@GMail.com                                

                                    (813) 642-8005 

Secretary:

        Kristine Littrell   KLittrell@Rochester.rr.com 

                                     (813) 633-3107

Formation Director:

       Luke Amato      BLAmato@juno.com

                                      (813) 633-8468

INFIRMARIAN:

       Ann Castro Conway 71Conway@TampaBay.rr.com

                                      (813) 633-5711

COUNCILOR AT LARGE:

        Harold Kyne            Kyne343@GMail.com

                                      (813) 642-8005

SPIRITUAL ASSISTANT:

A non-elected but very essential member of the Council is our Spiritual Assistant:  Brother Mark Brown, OFM, who is appointed by the Regional Spiritual Assistant, Fr. Thomas Murphy, OFM.  In a life giving exchange, our Spiritual Assistant as a First Order Friar, shares his vision of Franciscanism with us, his Third Order sisters and brothers, and we in turn share our own charism as Franciscans living in the secular world.

 

 

MEMBERSHIP AS OF 6/30/13:

 

PROFESSED  AND ACTIVE:

      1. Amato, Luke

      2. Campbell, Betty

      3. Conway, Ann

       4. Gauteau, Sandi

       5. Huberty, Louise 

     6. Kyne, Harold

      7. Kyne, Helen  

 

      8.Littrell, Kristine

 

       9. Mullins, Earl

 

      10. Neumann, Carlina 

 

      11. Niszczak, Kas 

 

      12. Sleziak, Dee 

 

       13. Stoeckle, Don  

 

       14. Sullivan, Jean

 

        15. Wolfert, Ken

 

        16. Wolfert, Patricia 

 

IN STAGES OF FORMATION:

 

Candidates 11/9/12:

     Gibbs, Elaine K

 

     Kemper, John

 

     Main, John

 

 

Inquirer 6/7/13:

 

      Martel, Celine 

 

ASSOCIATE 2013:

 

      Maher , John    

 

DECEASED:

 

        Kazimir, Rita,           Professed                 4/25/12

 

        Donoghue, Ray        Candidate                 6/18/12

 

       Ammons, Tom          Orientee                   2/2012

 

 

 

 

THE CROSS OF SAN DAMIANO

 

To the upper right is the Cross of San Damiano, for which our fraternity is named. As St. Francis of Assisi prayed before this crucifix, he received the call from Jesus: "Go and rebuild My church". At first he took our Lord's command literally and with great joy begin to manually fix that chapel which was in ruins. Soon others were attracted to his sense of peace  and the infant Franciscan Order was born.  When he approached the Pope for approval, the Holy Father recognized the spiritual meaning of our Lord's command.  So, we Secular Franciscans , as loyal daughters and sons of the Church, are also called to  BUILD UP GOD'S CHURCH.

 

 

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OUR 800 year Old SFO RULE 

 A SUMMARY OUTLINE

CHAPTER I:

    A. OUR PLACE IN THE FRANCISCAN FAMILY AND THE CHURCH:

         1. One Franciscan Family of laity, religious and priests

          2. Secular Franciscan have a unique place in this Family

          3. The Holy See interprets and periodically adapts our Rule

                     to the needs of the Church in changing times

CHAPTER II:

    B. WHAT GOSPEL QUALITIES WE SHOULD STRIVE FOR:

         4. Jesus as the Center of our Gospel Life like St. Francis did, going from Gospel to Life and from Life to Gospel.

          5. Encounter Christ Personally, especially in the:

               a. Eucharist

               b. Other Sacraments & Liturgy

               c. Scripture

               d. Church

                e. our sisters and brothers 

          6. In Full Communion with the Church "to rebuild the Church"

          7. Daily Conversion, as a radical interior change of heart

          8. Prayer & Contemplation underlying all we are and do

          9. Devotion to Mary by imitating her self-giving 

    C. HOW OUR LIVES SHOULD WITNESS THE GOSPEL:

         10. Fulfil Duties of our Secular State in Life

         11. Foster a Spirit of Detachment by:

                a. simplifying our material needs

                b. not yearning for possessions or power

         12. Strive for Purity of Heart to better love God & Neighbor

         13. Cherish All Peoples as:

                a. A Gift & Image of Christ

                b. Equals, whether poor or rich

         14. Serve Others Responsibly to build up the Kingdom of God

    D. GIVING FLESH TO THE GOSPEL BY OUR 5 GROUP APOSTOLATES:

          15. Promote Justice

                 a. Alone & with others

                 b. Through our Public Life in Harmony with our Faith

          16. Esteem Work as creative, redeeming & sanctifying

          17. Foster Family & Life by:

                 a. fostering Fidelity & Harmony

                 b. Respect Life from Conception to Natural Death

                 c. promote Christian Education and Vocations

          18. Revere All Creatures, as sharing in universal kinship

          19. Seek Peace in all levels of Society

CHAPTER III.

    E. HOW OUR FRATERNAL STRUCTURE HELPS US LIVE THIS LIFE:

         20. Four Levels of Fraternity: Local, Regional, Nat'l & Int'l

         21. Elected Ministers & Councils for each Level of Fraternity

         22. The Local Fraternity is the:

                 a. Basic Unit of the SFO

                 b. Sign of the Church

          23. Membership is decided by the Local Council Gradually:

                 a. Initiation Stage

                 b. Formation  Stage of at least 18 months

                 c. Profession as a Permanent Commitment: our sign the TAU

                 d. Council dialogues with Members in special situations  

          24. Foster Fraternity  by MEETING with other SFO's & Youth

          25. Contribute Support according to one's Means for:

                 a. Worship

                 b. Charitible Works

                 c. Apostolates 

                 a. local, regional , national and international fraternities

          26. Ask for Spiritual Assistance & Visitations from:

                 a. One of 4 relgious groups: OFM, OFM Cap, OFM Conv, TOR

                 b. For Pastoral & Fraternal Visits every 3 years

SOME PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS OF OUR RULE

 

A. Our Group/Fraternity Apostolates:

      1. Spiritual: Leading the Divine Mercy Chaplet

      2. Corporal: Feeding the Poor: Food Pantry

B. FOR WHAT GOALS DO WE STRIVE?

    1. PUT GOD FIRST IN OUR LIVES: "My God and my all"

    2. CONSTANT CONVERSION: "Let us begin to do good FOR UP TILL NOW...."

    3. EUCHARISTIC WORSHIP

                 We meet Jesus personally in His Real Presence within us in our    Communion and in the tabernacle.   

    4. LOVE HOLY SCRIPTURE: "Go from Gospel to life and life to Gospel" &

             Lectio Divina (Read, Reflect, Respond, Receive)

    5. IMITATE  MARY'S SUBMISSION TO GOD'S WILL:

                   "Be it done unto me according to thy word."

    6. FAMILY UNITY AND LOVE:

            "He who does the will of God, is My Mother, brother and sister"

    7. BUILD UP THE CHURCH: "Francis, repair My Church...." 

    8. DIGNITY OF WORK: All work, whether with the hands or the mind,whether for pay or volunteer,  has great value and continues God's creative, redeeming & sanctifying service to others.

    9. PEACE WITH SELF, FAMILY, NEIGHBORS AND ENEMIES:

               "Lord, make me an instrument of Your Peace...." 

   10. HARMONY & KINSHIP WITH ALL OF CREATION, ANIMATE AND INANIMATE:

                "Brother Sun and Sister Moon....Sister Death."

 

C. WHAT ARE THE SOME OF THE MEANS BY WHICH WE SEEK TO REACH OUR GOALS?

    1. PRAYER: Mass, Divine Office (Breviary), Morning Offering, Prayer at Meals, Evening Examination, identifying with the sufferings of Jesus in the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, etc.

    2. SCRIPTURAL REFLECTION: Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading) in 4 steps:

            Read, Reflect upon , Respond to, and Receive the gifts  God is offering  in the passage

    3. DEVOTION TO MARY: Angelus, Franciscan Crown or Rosary

    4. WORKS OF CHARITY AND VOLUNTEERING: To build up the Church,  Christ's Mystical Body

    5. MODERATE USE OF GOD'S MATERIAL GIFTS as stewards of His Creation: thus we reverence the Giver of the gifts, rather than just love the gifts of the Giver.

 

D. DEVOTIONS RELATED TO THE FRANCISCAN WAY OF LIFE:

Please note that the Franciscan approach  tends to be more "incarnational"  in that  we try to "give flesh" to our spiritual practices,  being more "concrete" rather than theoretical.  Many of these practices have since become part and parcel of our Catholic life, for example:

    1. Angelus: "The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary....Be it done unto me....And the Word was made flesh...."

    2. Creche or Crib at Christmas

    3. Peace Prayer of St. Francis: " Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace"

    4. Franciscan Crown or Rosary of Mary's 7 Joys: click on the follwing  website" : www.RosaryScripture.FaithWeb.Com

    5. Blessing of St. Francis from the Exodus: "May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He show His Face to you and grant you peace".

    6. Blessing  the home upon entering it: "Peace be to this house." 

    7. Stations of the Cross

    8. Holy Land Shrines: Franciscan Commisariat for the Holy Land is commissioned by Rome to care for many of the shrines and to continue the example of Francis in fostering a peaceful relationship with the

 

 

 

 

 

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A. Our Group/Fraternity Apostolates:

      1. Spiritual: Leading the Divine Mercy Chaplet

      2. Corporal: Feeding the Poor: Food Pantry

B. FOR WHAT GOALS DO WE STRIVE?

    1. PUT GOD FIRST IN OUR LIVES: "My God and my all"

    2. CONSTANT CONVERSION: "Let us begin to do good FOR UP TILL NOW...."

    3. EUCHARISTIC WORSHIP

                 We meet Jesus personally in His Real Presence within us in our    Communion and in the tabernacle.   

    4. LOVE HOLY SCRIPTURE: "Go from Gospel to life and life to Gospel" &

             Lectio Divina (Read, Reflect, Respond, Receive)

    5. IMITATE  MARY'S SUBMISSION TO GOD'S WILL:

                   "Be it done unto me according to thy word."

    6. FAMILY UNITY AND LOVE:

            "He who does the will of God, is My Mother, brother and sister"

    7. BUILD UP THE CHURCH: "Francis, repair My Church...." 

    8. DIGNITY OF WORK: All work, whether with the hands or the mind,whether for pay or volunteer,  has great value and continues God's creative, redeeming & sanctifying service to others.

    9. PEACE WITH SELF, FAMILY, NEIGHBORS AND ENEMIES:

               "Lord, make me an instrument of Your Peace...." 

   10. HARMONY & KINSHIP WITH ALL OF CREATION, ANIMATE AND INANIMATE:

                "Brother Sun and Sister Moon....Sister Death."

 

C. WHAT ARE THE SOME OF THE MEANS BY WHICH WE SEEK TO REACH OUR GOALS?

    1. PRAYER: Mass, Divine Office (Breviary), Morning Offering, Prayer at Meals, Evening Examination, identifying with the sufferings of Jesus in the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, etc.

    2. SCRIPTURAL REFLECTION: Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading) in 4 steps:

            Read, Reflect upon , Respond to, and Receive the gifts  God is offering  in the passage

    3. DEVOTION TO MARY: Angelus, Franciscan Crown or Rosary

    4. WORKS OF CHARITY AND VOLUNTEERING: To build up the Church,  Christ's Mystical Body

    5. MODERATE USE OF GOD'S MATERIAL GIFTS as stewards of His Creation: thus we reverence the Giver of the gifts, rather than just love the gifts of the Giver.

 

D. DEVOTIONS RELATED TO THE FRANCISCAN WAY OF LIFE:

Please note that the Franciscan approach  tends to be more "incarnational"  in that  we try to "give flesh" to our spiritual practices,  being more "concrete" rather than theoretical.  Many of these practices have since become part and parcel of our Catholic life, for example:

    1. Angelus: "The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary....Be it done unto me....And the Word was made flesh...."

    2. Creche or Crib at Christmas

    3. Peace Prayer of St. Francis: " Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace"

    4. Franciscan Crown or Rosary of Mary's 7 Joys: click on the follwing  website" : www.RosaryScripture.FaithWeb.Com

    5. Blessing of St. Francis from the Exodus: "May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He show His Face to you and grant you peace".

    6. Blessing  the home upon entering it: "Peace be to this house." 

    7. Stations of the Cross

    8. Holy Land Shrines: Franciscan Commisariat for the Holy Land is commissioned by Rome to care for many of the shrines and to continue the example of Francis in fostering a peaceful relationship with the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Immediately to the right of this paragraph, you will find a painting of our Holy Father St. Francis, along with the Peace Prayer attributed to him. For further extensive research resources, there is a Franciscan Section 255 in the Library of the Prince of Peace Hall, second floor. Kristine Littrell will be working with Evelyn Cagney, the parish librarian, on this ongoing project. If you have Franciscan Literature, Tapes, CDs, etc. which you are willing to share, please give them to Kristine or Evelyn. All parishioners as well as Secular Franciscans are invited to avail themselves of this Franciscan information.

OUR 800 year Old SFO RULE 

 A SUMMARY OUTLINE

CHAPTER I:

    A. OUR PLACE IN THE FRANCISCAN FAMILY AND THE CHURCH:

         1. One Franciscan Family of laity, religious and priests

          2. Secular Franciscan have a unique place in this Family

          3. The Holy See interprets and periodically adapts our Rule

                     to the needs of the Church in changing times

CHAPTER II:

    B. WHAT GOSPEL QUALITIES WE SHOULD STRIVE FOR:

         4. Jesus as the Center of our Gospel Life like St. Francis did, going from Gospel to Life and from Life to Gospel.

          5. Encounter Christ Personally, especially in the:

               a. Eucharist

               b. Other Sacraments & Liturgy

               c. Scripture

               d. Church

                e. our sisters and brothers 

          6. In Full Communion with the Church "to rebuild the Church"

          7. Daily Conversion, as a radical interior change of heart

          8. Prayer & Contemplation underlying all we are and do

          9. Devotion to Mary by imitating her self-giving 

    C. HOW OUR LIVES SHOULD WITNESS THE GOSPEL:

         10. Fulfil Duties of our Secular State in Life

         11. Foster a Spirit of Detachment by:

                a. simplifying our material needs

                b. not yearning for possessions or power

         12. Strive for Purity of Heart to better love God & Neighbor

         13. Cherish All Peoples as:

                a. A Gift & Image of Christ

                b. Equals, whether poor or rich

         14. Serve Others Responsibly to build up the Kingdom of God

    D. GIVING FLESH TO THE GOSPEL BY OUR 5 GROUP APOSTOLATES:

          15. Promote Justice

                 a. Alone & with others

                 b. Through our Public Life in Harmony with our Faith

          16. Esteem Work as creative, redeeming & sanctifying

          17. Foster Family & Life by:

                 a. fostering Fidelity & Harmony

                 b. Respect Life from Conception to Natural Death

                 c. promote Christian Education and Vocations

          18. Revere All Creatures, as sharing in universal kinship

          19. Seek Peace in all levels of Society

CHAPTER III.

    E. HOW OUR FRATERNAL STRUCTURE HELPS US LIVE THIS LIFE:

         20. Four Levels of Fraternity: Local, Regional, Nat'l & Int'l

         21. Elected Ministers & Councils for each Level of Fraternity

         22. The Local Fraternity is the:

                 a. Basic Unit of the SFO

                 b. Sign of the Church

          23. Membership is decided by the Local Council Gradually:

                 a. Initiation Stage

                 b. Formation  Stage of at least 18 months

                 c. Profession as a Permanent Commitment: our sign the TAU

                 d. Council dialogues with Members in special situations  

          24. Foster Fraternity  by MEETING with other SFO's & Youth

          25. Contribute Support according to one's Means for:

                 a. Worship

                 b. Charitible Works

                 c. Apostolates 

                 a. local, regional , national and international fraternities

          26. Ask for Spiritual Assistance & Visitations from:

                 a. One of 4 relgious groups: OFM, OFM Cap, OFM Conv, TOR

                 b. For Pastoral & Fraternal Visits every 3 years

SOME PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS OF OUR RULE

 

A. Our Group/Fraternity Apostolates:

      1. Spiritual: Leading the Divine Mercy Chaplet

      2. Corporal: Feeding the Poor: Food Pantry

B. FOR WHAT GOALS DO WE STRIVE?

    1. PUT GOD FIRST IN OUR LIVES: "My God and my all"

    2. CONSTANT CONVERSION: "Let us begin to do good FOR UP TILL NOW...."

    3. EUCHARISTIC WORSHIP

                 We meet Jesus personally in His Real Presence within us in our    Communion and in the tabernacle.   

    4. LOVE HOLY SCRIPTURE: "Go from Gospel to life and life to Gospel" &

             Lectio Divina (Read, Reflect, Respond, Receive)

    5. IMITATE  MARY'S SUBMISSION TO GOD'S WILL:

                   "Be it done unto me according to thy word."

    6. FAMILY UNITY AND LOVE:

            "He who does the will of God, is My Mother, brother and sister"

    7. BUILD UP THE CHURCH: "Francis, repair My Church...." 

    8. DIGNITY OF WORK: All work, whether with the hands or the mind,whether for pay or volunteer,  has great value and continues God's creative, redeeming & sanctifying service to others.

    9. PEACE WITH SELF, FAMILY, NEIGHBORS AND ENEMIES:

               "Lord, make me an instrument of Your Peace...." 

   10. HARMONY & KINSHIP WITH ALL OF CREATION, ANIMATE AND INANIMATE:

                "Brother Sun and Sister Moon....Sister Death."

 

C. WHAT ARE THE SOME OF THE MEANS BY WHICH WE SEEK TO REACH OUR GOALS?

    1. PRAYER: Mass, Divine Office (Breviary), Morning Offering, Prayer at Meals, Evening Examination, identifying with the sufferings of Jesus in the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, etc.

    2. SCRIPTURAL REFLECTION: Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading) in 4 steps:

            Read, Reflect upon , Respond to, and Receive the gifts  God is offering  in the passage

    3. DEVOTION TO MARY: Angelus, Franciscan Crown or Rosary

    4. WORKS OF CHARITY AND VOLUNTEERING: To build up the Church,  Christ's Mystical Body

    5. MODERATE USE OF GOD'S MATERIAL GIFTS as stewards of His Creation: thus we reverence the Giver of the gifts, rather than just love the gifts of the Giver.

 

D. DEVOTIONS RELATED TO THE FRANCISCAN WAY OF LIFE:

Please note that the Franciscan approach  tends to be more "incarnational"  in that  we try to "give flesh" to our spiritual practices,  being more "concrete" rather than theoretical.  Many of these practices have since become part and parcel of our Catholic life, for example:

    1. Angelus: "The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary....Be it done unto me....And the Word was made flesh...."

    2. Creche or Crib at Christmas

    3. Peace Prayer of St. Francis: " Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace"

    4. Franciscan Crown or Rosary of Mary's 7 Joys: click on the follwing  website" : www.RosaryScripture.FaithWeb.Com

    5. Blessing of St. Francis from the Exodus: "May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He show His Face to you and grant you peace".

    6. Blessing  the home upon entering it: "Peace be to this house." 

    7. Stations of the Cross

    8. Holy Land Shrines: Franciscan Commisariat for the Holy Land is commissioned by Rome to care for many of the shrines and to continue the example of Francis in fostering a peaceful relationship with the Moslems and Jews..

E. FRANCISCAN RESOURCES: Call (800)772-6910

    1. "Catch Me a Rainbow Too: The Franciscan Journey", by Fr. Lester Bach, O.F.M. Cap., published by Barbo-Carlson Enterprises, P.O. Box 189, Lindsborg, Kansas 67456, Phone (785) 227-2364, Fax (785) 227-3360, email: bevbarbo@informatics.net (THIS BOOK was USED IN 2007 AND 2008 AS THE ONGOING FORMATION RESOURCE, ONE CHAPTER EACH MONTH; IN 2009 IT IS USED IN THE FORMATION OF CANDIDATES WHO ARE PREPARING FOR PERMANENT PROFESSION OF THE RULE)

    2. "Reflections of a Secular Franciscan", by Ruth Vogel, SFO, compiled and edited by Dennis Mallon, SFO.

    3. "Essential Documents fo the Secular Fanciscan Order", compiled by Anne H. Mulueen, SFO and John K. Sanborn, SFO,

     4. "Come and See", Orientation and Inquiry, An Invitation to Explore theSecular Franciscan Life, by Fr. Lester Bach, O.F.M. Cap. and Teresa V. Baker, SFO. published by Barbo-Carlson Enterprises, (see # 1 above)

     5. "Ritual of the Secular Franciscan Order", Edited by Fr. Benet Frock, O.F.M., St. Anthony Messenger Press, Cincinnati, Ohio

     6. "Praying with Francis of Assisi", by Joseph M. Stoutzenberger and John D. Bohrer, Saint Mary's Press, Christian Brothers Publications, Winona, Minnesota.

     7. "The Poverello: St. Francis of Assisi", by Mark Hegener, OFM, Franciscan Herald Press,1434 West 51st Street, Chicago, IL 60609.

     8. "Secular Franciscan Companion", Franciscan Press,1800 College Avenue, Quincy, IL 62301, Phone (217) 228-5670, Fax (217) 228-5672.

     9. "To Live as Francis Lived", Foley

    10. "Gospel Living", Baker

    11. "Pick More Daisies", Bach: STARTING IN 2009 THIS BOOK IS EMPLOYED FOR ON-GOING FORMATION OF ALL MEMBERS, PROFESSED OR NOT. ONE CHAPTER IS PRESENTED BY A VOLUNTEER MEMBER DESIGNATED BY THE fORMATION DIRECTOR.

    12. "Admonitions of St. Francis", Habig

    13. "To Cling with all her Heart to Him"  (on Clare), Fonck

    14. "Clare of Assisi- the Letter to Agnes", Mueller

    15. "The Good News Series", Sullivan

    16. "Reviewing the SFO Rule"

    17. "Franciscan Prayer", Delio

    18. "Called to Rebuild the Church", Bach

    19. "On the Job Spirituality". Roche

    20. "Ministry of Divine Love Meditations", Groeschel

    21. F.U.N. Manuals for Formation: located on our closet shelf

Regional, National and International Fraternity respective websites for additional Franciscan Information and Contacts: http://www.Franciscan-SFO.org , http://www.NaFra-SFO.org , http://www.CIOFS.org'SFO.htm

Pat Wolfert, as current Minister, can be reached by email on patwolfert1942@gmail.com