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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Today we commemorate the feast of the Stigmata of Saint Francis. Increasingly frail and in poor health, Francis spent an extended period of prayer and seclusion on Mount La Verna in the autumn of 1224. During this time he witnessed a vision of the crucified Christ as a six winged seraph. Shortly after this he began to develop strange marks on his body: dark and protruding patches of skin appeared on his hands and feet and a wound appeared on his side.This is the first documented manifestation of stigmata. The vivid imagery has inspired a lot of extraordinary art over the years. Pictured are interpretations by Giotto, van Eyck, Barocci, and a totally stunning portrayal by Caravaggio. ... See MoreSee Less
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The 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) is fast approaching. It will be held in Glasgow from Sunday 31st October until Friday 12th November.Earlier this year, the Archbishop of Canterbury addressed an international group of faith leaders and declared: "I speak as a Christian. Jesus teaches us that there are no greater commandments than to love God and love our neighbour. To abide by those commandments as a Christian today is to step up to the challenge of climate change and connected environmental crises.”The Society of Saint Francis stands firmly with fellow Christians and peoples of all faiths and none in our commitment to tackling the disastrous threats of Climate Change. We have committed ourselves to a target of carbon neutrality by 2030 and are curently taking the practical steps to make this happen. We also plan to have a presence in Glasgow during the conference.If you are wondering how you might be able to help make a difference in the run-up to COP26, you might wish to draw upon the prayerful and practical resources offered by groups such as greenchristian.org.uk/pray-for-cop26/ and www.christianaid.org.uk/get-involved-locally/scotland/preparing-cop26We are all being encouraged to write to our MPs ahead of the conference, in order to make our voices heard. Here is a handy link giving advice and tips on how best to do this: www.christianaid.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/engage-your-mp-cop26 ... See MoreSee Less
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