Fraternal Life

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Some members of our Fraternity

The vocation to the Secular Franciscan Order (OFS) is a vocation to live the Gospel in fraternal communion.   For this purpose, we, as member of the OFS, gather in an ecclesial community called “fraternity“.

This concept of fraternity in the Secular Franciscan Order finds its origin in the inspiration of St. Francis of Assisi to whom the Most High revealed the essential gospel quality of life in fraternal communion.

Local fraternities are established canonically and are entrusted to the pastoral care of the religious Franciscan Order that canonically established them.   They are grouped into fraternities at various levels: regional, national and international.   Our Fraternity belongs to the St. Maximilian Kolbe Region of the OFS, which in turn is part of the National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order-USA (NAFRA).   The International Fraternity is constituted by the organic union of all the Catholic Secular Franciscan fraternities in the world and guided and animated by the International Council of the OFS (CIOFS), with its seat in Rome.

The pastoral care of our Fraternity is entrusted to the Immaculate Conception Province of the OFM (Order of Friars Minor).   We gather as community on the 3rd Sunday each month at St. Nicholas Byzantine Church in Barberton, OH at 1:30pm.   At our monthly gatherings we devote time for prayer, ongoing formation, business and fellowship.

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