Who are we?

We are Anglican Franciscans: Brothers of the Society of St Francis (SSF) and Sisters of the Community of St Francis (CSF).

What do we do?

We live in community under vows and a Rule of Life, dedicated to following the path of Saint Francis.

Connect with us!

Would you like to know more about us and our work, or join us in prayer? We would love to hear from you.

Saint Francis

Francis of Assisi devoted himself to a way of life which continues to inspire us in the Twenty-First Century. Like Francis, we choose to step away from material excess, living and working alongside those who are marginalised by society. Like him, we celebrate God’s love for us in the beauty of creation. Like him, we are dedicated to lives of prayerful simplicity, joyfully sharing the Good News with all.

Franciscan vows

The vows are commitments that we make to a way of life that makes demands on the whole person. The vows are not ends in themselves, but are a way of helping us to live the gospel, to follow more closely in the footsteps of Christ and to share with others the love of God. Despite what people often think the vows bring with them an immense amount of freedom and liberation.

Is God calling you?

Are you discerning a call to the Religious Life? We regularly host online and in-person events for those exploring a Franciscan vocation. Details of all forthcoming events can be found on this site. Alternatively, you can follow us on Facebook to learn more about what we do, and you are very welcome to arrange an informal chat with one of our novice guardians.

Forthcoming Events

Franciscan Magazine

One way of learning about our life is through Franciscan Magazine, published three times a year by the First Order brothers and sisters. It includes articles on Franciscan themes, as well as book reviews and news of our Society.

 

Subscription rates (for 2022) are:

£11.50 in the UK; £19.00 EU and Rest of the World Surface Mail; £22.50 Rest of the World Air Mail. An e-version is also available and costs £9.50

Setting up a subscription via a Standing Order is easy and avoids additional charges.

Make a donation to the Society of Saint Francis

The past couple of years have been a challenging time for everybody, but throughout the pandemic we have been continuing with our work as safely as possible. We offer food to those who are struggling, shelter to asylum-seekers and others facing homelessness, and some of us are volunteering at food banks.

Additionally, we are delighted that we are now able to re-open our houses to guests for visits and retreats.

If you would like to make a donation to help us continue with our vital activities, please click on the donate link.

Become a Companion of SSF and CSF

The Companions of the Society of Saint Francis are men and women who, in the course of their Christian journey, have met or heard of the Sisters and Brothers, and have a desire to accompany them in the way of Christian commitment.  While they do not wish, or are not in a position to live a life in community, Companions wish to support those who have been called to this way of life.

For more information, please click here.

Other Orders in Our Franciscan Family

The Second Order – The Community of St Clare (Freeland)

The Second Order is a community of women living under vows at a convent in Freeland, Oxfordshire. They follow the Rule of St Clare and are principally dedicated to the life of prayer.

The Third Order (TSSF) European Province

The Third Order, consists of men and women, married and single, whose Rule of Life commits them to following the way of Francis and Clare through their daily life at home, at work and with the Christian community wherever they find themselves set.

SSF and CSF Around the World

The Society of Saint Francis is a truly international religious community. In addition to our European Province, we have Brothers and Sisters in many parts of the world. Click here to find out more about our other provinces.

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The memorial service for Helen Julian CSF took place at Southwark Cathedral this afternoon. Bishop Christopher Chessun presided, and Sue CSF preached. A moving tribute was also given by Monica Bolley on behalf of On Fire Mission, a project which had become close to Helen Julian's heart for many years. In addition to recognising her obvious skills as a writer and author, we also noted Helen Julian's dedication to online ministry and her prayerful presence on social media. In fact, she created this C/SSF European Province Facebook page, and we shall continue to share our news with you as a testament to her witness.Pictured: Bishop Christopher presides at Southwark Cathedral this afternoon; and a wonderful selection of photographs taken from the back of the service booklet.A recording of the service is available via this link:www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKLdusIrhGI&t=819s ... See MoreSee Less
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Yesterday the Brothers at Alnmouth greeted fifteen pilgrims who are making their way to next month's COP26 talks in Glasgow. They are undertaking a truly remarkable journey, walking from the south of England to Scotland, sharing their prayerful message of environmental justice along the way.Our Brothers ensured the pilgrims received generous helpings of food and good cheer, and then walked in solidarity with them for a short way along the Northumberland coast to the village of Longhoughton. Prayers were said at St Peter's church. Please keep the forthcoming COP26 talks in your prayers, that our governments will initiate effective methods to combat climate change and prevent further environmental destruction. ... See MoreSee Less
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