We, a fraternity in the Secular Franciscan Order, stand in solidarity with all those crying out for justice in the wrongful deaths of George Floyd and all of our other brothers and sisters who have lost their lives at the hands of those who have abused their power and authority.
We seek to encounter the living and active person of Christ in each and every one of our brothers and sisters (Art. 5, The Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order). We are inspired by our patron, Blessed Franz Jägerstätter, who, rooted in his Catholic Faith, unequivocally opposed violence and unjust systems of oppression.
Like St. Francis of Assisi, we humbly pledge to do what is ours to do in order to rebuild this broken community - that it may become one of peace and equality.
The rule and life of the Secular Franciscans 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. SFO Rule, Chapter 2, Art. 4
The Secular Franciscan fraternity in Flagstaff, AZ, under the patronage of Blessed Franz Jägerstätter currently has 28 professed members, 8 in candidacy and 1 in inquiry. We meet every month at San Francisco de Asis Parish Center. Please join us at our gatherings!
Secular Franciscans are people...
•with a Franciscan spirit, perspective, and ideals;
•with the ability to reflect Gospel values in their lives and accept conversion as needed;
•with a willingness to accept the Secular Franciscan Order as a primary and permanent commitment;
•with a desire to build up the Church and the Kingdom of God;
•with a sense of Franciscan responsibility for social action; and
•with a desire for contemplative prayer.
SFO Rule, Chapter 2, Art. 4
From The Franciscan Journey by Lester Bach, page i.