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

Religious Life Inquirer’s Week
25 Apr

Religious Life Inquirer’s Week

Friary of Saint Francis Alnmouth, Northumberland NE66 3NJ United Kingdom in Alnmouth Friary 4:00 pm

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 brothers are holding their Candlemas chapter at Freeland this weekend. Please keep them in your prayers as they make important decisions for the year ahead. Please also keep Benedict SSF in your prayers as he approaches the end of his second term as Minister Provincial. The new Minister will be elected in the summer. ... See MoreSee Less
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Today is Holocaust Memorial Day, and Tobias attended Newham's service of remembrance at Stratford Old Town Hall. Very moving testimony was given by Hedi Argent, who at the age of eight managed to escape an increasingly desperate situation in Austria. Tragically she lost seventeen members of her direct family, all murdered at nazi death camps. Upon arrival at Victoria station in 1938 a porter cheerily greeted her with "welcome to England" and gave her a newly minted thrupenny bit. She has kept the coin to this day.The service also heard from Eric Murangwa Eugene, a Tutsi footballer from Rwanda who narrowly avoided being violently killed during the 1994 genocide. The man who was about to murder him recognised his face, calmly sat next to him and talked about football.Many local schoolchildren and young people contributed poems and music to the memorial, emphasising the importance of never forgetting the horrors of history in order to build a better future.A candle lighting ceremony was held, and also a minute's silence to honour all victims of hatred and persecution. ... See MoreSee Less
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The Community of Saint Francis is holding its Provincial Chapter at Freeland in Oxfordshire. Please keep the sisters in your prayers as they make important decisions for the forthcoming year. Pray particularly for Sue as she takes on her new role as Minister General, and Beverley as she becomes the new Minister Provincial in Europe. ... See MoreSee Less
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