Who are we?

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

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What do we do?

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Make a donation to the Society of Saint Francis

The Society of Saint Francis would not be able to function without your generosity. We offer assistance to those who are struggling, shelter to asylum-seekers and others facing homelessness, and some of us are volunteering at food banks.

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

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 2023) are:

£13 in the UK; £21 EU and Rest of the World Surface Mail; £25 Rest of the World Air Mail. An e-version is also available and costs £10

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

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.

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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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Daniel, a postulant in SSF based at Alnmouth friary, is seen here wearing the Coat of Hopes, which is a patchwork pilgrim coat, as part on an ongoing walk through Britain. The coat itself was originally made, worn and walked by many hundreds of people during and since the pilgrimage on which it was created - from the south coast of England to the gates of COP 26, the UN climate summit, in Glasgow autumn 2021. A pilgrim group brought the coat of hopes to Alnmouth friary. The coat is going to be picked up by another pilgrim group this week. The Coat is made up of pieces of blanket into which people have worked their griefs, remembrances, prayers and hopes for the place they call home. It walks ever calling those who encounter it, or who share it, into the present. Supported by its warmth (love) - to bear its weight (responsibility). So each might “wear the promise that we all belong together” as we seek to respond with our whole self to the climate and ecological emergency.www.coatofhopes.uk ... See MoreSee Less
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Today Bishop Martyn Snow (Bishop Protector of the Third Order, European Province) joined the meeting of Chapter and presided at the Holy Eucharist. ... See MoreSee Less
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Final day of the TO Chapter in the beauty of Launde Abbey. ... See MoreSee Less
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Br Micael Christoffer and Sr Beverley are at Launde Abbey, Leicestershire at the TO Chapter meeting. ... See MoreSee Less
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Today we commended Sister Elizabeth into God's care, gave thanks for her life and celebrated her ministry among us over many years. Deo Gratias. ... See MoreSee Less
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