ANTHONY OF PADUA, Secular Franciscan Fraternity
When: 3rd Sunday of the Month, 3-5pm
Where: Parish Community of Saint Bridget, St. Austin campus
Address: 4050 Upton Ave N.
General: Liturgy, Ongoing Formation, Faith Sharing, Social
Contact: Maria Hamilton, ofs Minister (contact the Parish Office to reach Maria)
We are catholic lay men and women from various parishes representing the Metropolitan area. We seek to live our lives after Christ in the spirit of St. Francis by embracing his values of poverty, simplicity, joy, and love of all creation. We live the Gospels by reaching out to others with works of mercy and prayer. We meet on a regular basis to share our lives and efforts to live the Gospel in the Franciscan spirit.
Who and Why
Almost 800 years ago in Assisi, a young man named Francis was called by God to “Rebuild My Church.” He chose the life of Christ as his guide. People began to follow him, embracing his values of poverty, joy, simplicity, gratitude, and love for all God’s creatures.
Secular Franciscans are a community of married and single Catholic men and women in the world who seek to pattern their lives after Christ in the spirit of St. Francis. We are NOT a club or society. We are united in an international Order founded over 750 years ago by St. Francis, who desired to be like Jesus. There are approximately 1,000 fraternities in the United States alone.
What do we do?
We pray alone and together.
We learn about Christ (Gospels).
We Share our journeys.
We do Works of Mercy.
We Live with the Gospels as our guide, reaching out to others.
Meeting on a regular basis to share our lives and our efforts to live the Gospel.
Retreat together and gather our thoughts, redirect our lives through time away.
Working together to change our lives and our world.