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

It’s a challenging time for everybody, but we are continuing with our work as safely as we can. We continue to offer food and shelter to asylum-seekers, and some of us are volunteering at food banks.

Unfortunately we are unable to offer retreats at our houses at this time, but we hope to resume this as soon as possible.

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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Summer may have come to an end, but our friaries and houses are still continuing to welcome guests in ways that are safe and sensitive to issues around Covid. Alnmouth has been utilising a gazebo in warmer weather, and welcoming visitors to afternoon tea and evening prayer on Fridays. As autumn and winter arrive, we will adjust our approaches as safely as possible. If you want to visit any of our houses, please contact them via the email addresses and telephone numbers on our website: www.franciscans.org.uk ... See MoreSee Less
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Sisters and brothers from every province of SSF around the world are continuing to meet on Zoom for 2 hours most days for the First Order Chapter - meeting all together, sometimes in different small groups, and a couple of times with sisters and brothers meeting separately. As well as the necessary business, sharing of news, and mutual encouragement, there has been some brilliant expert input from others:Dr Cathy Ross is a leading missiologist working for the Church Mission Society. She reflected on Mission in a Post Pandemic world, emphasising the importance of imaginative thinking.Garth Blake SC is an experienced Australian barrister who chairs the Anglican Communion Safe Church Commission. He provided a useful presentation on Safeguarding from a world-wide perspective.Chapter meetings will continue until Wednesday. ... See MoreSee Less
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Father Mychal Judge OFM was a Roman Catholic priest and Franciscan friar. He was chaplain to the New York City Fire Department and a campaigner for social inclusion and LGBT rights.Twenty years ago today, on the morning of September 11th 2001, he rushed to the World Trade Center in the immediate aftermath of the first attack. He entered the burning North Tower, offering aid to the injured and prayers for the dead. At 9.59am the South Tower collapsed, spraying debris into the North Tower lobby. Father Mychal was killed instantly, along with many others. His body was carried by five men from the wreckage and the moment was captured by a photographer. It became one of the most famous images related to the horror of 9/11. Although many people had died before Father Mychal (including the passengers and crew of both flights), he became the first certified fatality. He was Victim 0001. Thousands attended his funeral Mass, including Bill and Hillary Clinton. A campaign for his canonisation continues to gather momentum. "If no one told you today that they love you, let me tell you: I love you, and no matter what mess you're in, you're always held and loved by God" - Fr. Mychal Judge OFM. ... See MoreSee Less
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