Our current fraternity goal is to:
"Develop a program to expose our communities to the Franciscan way of life, while every member of our fraternity commits to daily contemplation of the Gospel."
Mary from the Flagstaff chapter of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America presented information at our June gathering, educating us on concrete steps we can take to address the gun violence issues in our community. As Secular Franciscans "we are called to be in the forefront in promoting justice by the testimony of our human lives and our courageous initiatives." (Article 15 of our Rule). Enjoy this recording. The link for this organization may be found on our "helpful links and good info page" of this website.
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Pope Francis read an impassioned prayer asking God to have mercy and bring peace to the war in Ukraine during his Wednesday general audience on March 16.

 

Here is an English translation of the prayer, originally written in Italian by Archbishop Domenico Battaglia of Naples, southern Italy:

 

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us sinners.

Lord Jesus, born under the bombs of Kyiv, have mercy on us.

Lord Jesus, who died in his mother’s arms in a bunker in Kharkiv, have mercy on us.

Lord Jesus, sent at 20 years old to the front, have mercy on us.

Lord Jesus, who still sees armed hands in the shadow of your Cross, have mercy on us!

Forgive us, Lord,

if, not content with the nails with which we pierced your hands, we continue to drink from the blood of the dead torn apart by weapons.

Forgive us, Lord, if these hands that you created for care have been transformed into instruments of death.

Forgive us, Lord, if we continue to kill our brother, if we continue like Cain to remove the stones from our field to kill Abel. Forgive us if we continue to justify cruelty with our toil, if with our pain we legitimize the cruelty of our actions.

Forgive us the war, Lord.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, we implore you: Stop the hand of Cain!

Enlighten our consciences,

let not our will be done,

do not abandon us to our own actions.

Stop us, Lord, stop us.

 

And when you have stopped the hand of Cain, take care of him too. He is our brother.

O Lord, stop the violence.

Stop us, Lord.

Scroll through the document below each month for the Pope's monthly intention and the intention for OFS. Please keep both intentions in your monthly prayers.

Our August gathering will be held at noon on Sunday, August 28th. We will be meeting at Bonaventure Hall at San Francisco de Asis parish and will also have a Zoom option available for those who cannot be present. 

Link to our AUGUST 28, 2022 gathering -  click HERE 

Link to participate in Liturgy of the Hours - Tuesdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 8:30 AM - click HERE 

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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 33 professed members, 3 in candidacy , 2 affiliates and several in the early stages of exploring Franciscan spirituality. We meet every month at San Francisco de Asis Parish Center. Please join us at our gatherings! 

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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.