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What is the Secular Franciscan Order


The Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) is a community of Catholic men and women who seek to pattern their lives after Christ in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. Originally known as the Brothers and Sisters of Penance, the Order is approved and recognized by the Holy See by the official name of Ordo Franciscanus Saecularis. It is made up of the laity (men and women) and also secular clergy (deacons, priests and bishops). Although Secular Franciscans make a public profession, they are not bound by public vows as are religious orders living in community.

Secular Franciscan Rule

The rule and life of the Secular Franciscan is this: To observe the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ by following the example of St. Francis of Assisi, who made Christ the inspiration and the center of his life with God and people.'Christ, the gift of the Father’s love, is the way to him, the Truth into which the Holy Spirit leads us, and the life which he has come to give abundantly. Secular Franciscans should devote themselves especially to careful reading of the Gospel, going from Gospel to life and life to the Gospel.


The fraternity of the OFS finds its origin in the inspiration of Saint Francis of Assisi to whom the Most High revealed the essential gospel quality of life in fraternal communion.


Rule 20  "The OFS is divided into fraternities of various levels," the purpose being to promote, in an orderly form, the union and mutual collaboration among the brothers and sisters and their active and communal presence in both the local and the universal Church.  The OFS shall also support the commitment of the fraternities in their service to the world, and specifically to the life of society.


Our Fraternity

St. Anthony of Padua Fraternity in Pueblo, Colorado is one of 14 fraternities in the Santa Maria De Las Montanas Region and is one of over 1200 in the United States. When you become a Secular Franciscan, you can visit any of our fraternities as a brother or sister in Christ and in Francis.

Fraternity Meetings


Our Lady of the Meadows

23 Starling Drive,

Pueblo, CO 81005

4th Sunday of the Month

2:00pm - 4:00pm

​Council Meeting 1:00pm

Any additional events will be announced on our website.

Council Members

Minister: Abigail Gaylord

​Vice-Minister: Dorothy O'Dowd

Secretary: Louise Martinez

Treasurer: Joann Falduto

Councilor: Michael Bryant

Spiritual Assistant: Fr. Curtis Carlson

​Useful Links


Secular Franciscan Rule


Becoming a Secular Franciscan

Santa Maria de Las Montanas Regional Fraternity


September 27-picnic at Michael Guertin home, 5570 Reno Rd : Noon-4:00. Film to be shown after lunch-"Brother Sun Sister Moon"


Due to St. Francis’s love for the Tau Cross, it became associated with the Franciscan Order. It is adopted and used or worn by many followers of St. Francis, whether part of the religious order or secular. Even for those unfamiliar with the details of St. Francis’s life, the Franciscan Order is what comes to mind when most people see the Tau Cross.

"The external sign of the SFO in the United States is the TAU."

~NAFRA Statutes