At our 4PM liturgy on Saturday, September 13, four new members of the Secular Franciscan fraternity of St. Louis the King made their solemn profession/ Permanent Commitment to the Gospel Life. Our congratulations and best wishes to them all. Featured in the photo above (l to r): Minister, Ed Gordon and candidates Ken Given, Grace Given, Sandy Hornick and Liz Ruhge. A wonderful celebration meal prepared by parishioners Jeanie and Yvonne Petrini followed in the Parish Social Room.
Saints Francis and St. Clare of Assisi were the generative force behind the founding of the great spiritual movement popularly known as the Franciscan family. They were involved in the establishment of three separate, but interrelated "orders" or organized disciplines organized upon the general principle of living the Gospel life in all of one’s activities. The First Order– for vowed religious men–is known as the Order of Friars Minor and is the community known as the Franciscan Friars, with its various traditions (Observant, Conventual, Capuchin and Third Order Regular). The Second Order—for vowed, cloistered women—is popularly known as the Poor Clares. The local Monastery of Poor Clare on Los Olivos Street right here in our Parish. The Third Order, or Secular Franciscans, consists of women and men who are called to live the Gospel life in the Franciscan tradition in the context of their daily lives and work. There are more than one million Secular Franciscans in the world today! In addition, many groups of vowed religious sisters active "in the world" use the Rule of the Third Order as the basis of their spirituality.
We are pleased with and proud of this wonderful representation of the 800 year-old Franciscan tradition right here in our Parish and neighborhood! And our Secular Franciscan fraternity (local body) is a wonderful contribution to our spiritual life. If you are interested in learning more about the Secular Franciscans, call the Parish Office and we will forward your call.