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SFO National/Regional/Fraternity Commissions

The Ecology Commission of the National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order in the United States of America has as its mission to witness prophetically that all creation, animate and inanimate, is of God and redeemed by Christ, and that the earth is sacred because it is the Lord's. This evangelical mission testifies to Christ as --

"Ruler of everything; the head of the Church; which is his body, the fullness of him who fills the whole creation" (Eph 1:23)

while responding to the Secular Franciscan Rule which urges the sisters and brothers to:

"...respect all creatures, animate and inanimate, which ‘bear the imprint of the Most High’, and ...strive to move from the temptation of exploiting creation to the Franciscan concept of universal kinship (Rule of the SFO - Article 18); and also "seek a proper spirit of detachment from temporal goods by simplifying their own material needs (Article 11)."

The duties of the Commission are to call the sisters and brothers to a fuller Gospel life by helping them form in their daily lives an option for God's creation; to exhort them to a more radical interior conversion that places their individual and fraternal relationships to creation in a moral and providential context; and to encourage them to praise God joyfully for the gift of kinship with God's creatures after the example of their Seraphic Father Francis.

Shared, Regional (FFMR) / Divine Mercy Fraternity, Ecology pages: St. Francis and Ecology

The National Work Commission of the Secular Franciscan Order in the United States is dedicated to a two-fold task: (1) helping Secular Franciscans and other people of goodwill to discover the Good News in the work we do and the way that it helps us grow in holiness and dignity as we share our gifts with the world and (2) showing solidarity with workers whose dignity is denied by work that oppresses rather than liberates.

The Peace and Justice Commission of the National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order in the United States has the prophetic and fraternal mission to call all people to a deeper experience of, and commitment to, the reign of God. This call to live in love and humility and to confront gently all who deny human dignity and freedom comes from the Gospel. In living their evangelical vocation fully the Secular Franciscan brothers and sisters, individually and corporately, are challenged -

"...to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim to the captives release and sight to the blind, to set at liberty the oppressed." (Luke 4:18; Isaiah 61:1-2)

Regional (FFMR) Peace and Justice Concerns - also, on this website, Index to Peace & Justice Concerns

The Franciscan Friars (OFM) of St. John the Baptist Province, have always been on the forefront of Peace and Justice issues, they have an excellent resource website, here.

On our website: For Saint Francis of Assisi No One Was Excluded

Embracing the Present-Day Excluded (2006) by José Rodríguez Carballo, ofm, Minister General

(c) Copyright 1998, The National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order in the United States Is God Calling You to the Secular Franciscan Order?    Formation resource manual

Regional/Fraternity - On this website: Ongoing FormationCOME AND SEE: Discerning your vocation Have you considered the SFO?  There are numerous other articles on this site.

The mission of the Franciscan Youth/Young Adult Commission of the National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order in the United States of America is to bring the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to the youth of America.  Inspired by the life of St. Francis of Assisi and guided by the General Constitutions of the SFO (articles 96, 97) and reminded by the Rule of the SFO, article 24, “To foster community among members, the council should organize regular and frequent meetings of the community as well as meeting with other Franciscan groups, especially youth groups,” the Commission is called to inspire, motivate and assist the fostering and development of Young Franciscan groups at the Regional and Local Fraternity Levels, and to share the Franciscan charism with all youths whom we encounter. NAFRA Youth website

Our vision is to educate and to raise the awareness of our Franciscan sisters and brothers in the United States to the ecumenical movement in the Church and in particular to strengthen collaboration with non-Roman Catholic secular Franciscans.