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 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.

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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On August 11th, Franciscans around the world celebrate the Feast of Saint Clare, Founder of the Second Order. On Palm Sunday of 1212, 17-year-old Clare escaped from the home of her noble parents in Assisi to join St. Francis. After receiving her vows in religion, cutting off her hair, and receiving a habit to replace her satin finery, she spent some time in a Benedictine convent. Soon she was established in the church and convent of San Damiano, where she lived for more than 40 years as head of a community of contemplative nuns. The bond of love between Francis and Clare was strong and significant, though they saw each other only rarely. The example of their love for God, each other, and the whole family of God informs and inspires all Franciscan orders to this day. Clare died two days after receiving the Pope’s approval of her rule binding the Poor Clares to the Franciscan ideal of complete poverty.Collect: God of peace, who in the holiness of blessed Clare gave us a clear light to shine in the darkness of this world: Give us grace so to follow in her footsteps that we may, at the last, rejoice with her in your eternal glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ... See MoreSee Less
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Bishop Philip North addressing over forty bishops who came to the "Lives Consecrated to Christ" event at the #lambethconference last night. The event also included lively presentations from four members of religious communities (including Finnian SSF), setting the tone for an evening of discussions and fellowship. Plans are developing to establish an international Anglican Network for Religious Orders. ... See MoreSee Less
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A wonderful photo of the Bishops Protector of the First, Second and Third Orders of SSF, together with the three Ministers General. The Lambeth Conference has provided a great opportunity for our global Franciscan family to meet up in person. ... See MoreSee Less
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