2Below are links to websites associated with the Secular Franciscan Order, other Franciscan Orders, Franciscan Spirituality as expressed in the Catholic tradition, and those dedicated to or with information about the historical Saints Francis & Clare. You can also visit this page at the National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order.
Secular Franciscan Order (OFS):
- International Secular Franciscan Order
- National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order in the United States of America (NAFRA): This is a good place to find resources about being a Secular Franciscan in the United States.
- Website for The St Elizabeth of Hungary Region (Northeast US).
- Website for The St. Katherine Drexel Region (Pennsylvania, New Jersey).
- For general information on formation in the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Region, visit the Region’s Formation Page. For specific questions, use their Contacts page.
- St. Francis Fraternity in Springfield, Pennsylvania.
The Third Order Regular: Rome, USA. The TOR is made up of brothers, sisters, and priests who take vows, live in communities, and work in secular world: I have not found a single web page for TOR sisters, but there are links to specific congregations on the Wikipedia site for Third Order of St. Francis
Poor Clares: The Poor Clares make up the Second Order of the Franciscan family. Clares live cloistered communities.
Order of Friars Minor (English site): The Friars Minor make up the First Order of the Franciscan family. There are three primary OFM branches: OFM, OFM (Conventual), and OFM (Capuchin).
List of Franciscan Saints
The Little Flowers of St. Francis: The Little Flowers of St. Francis consists of fifty-three chapters on the life of St. Francis written by an anonymous author in the latter part of the 14th century. It is the source of many of the stories, legends, and miracles about both Francis and his early followers. It is not considered historical, but over the centuries is has probably been the most popular book on Francis.
- St. Anthony Shrine, Boston, MA
- St. Anthony Monastery, Kennebunkport, ME, and The Franciscan Guest House next door (great place to stay when visiting southern Maine!)