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 2021) are:

£10.00 in the UK; £17.50 EU and Rest of the World Surface Mail; £20.50 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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Prayers from Christ Church Oxford following the death of Prince Philip; a chance to reflect quietly and to pray for his soul, and the souls of all who have died recently, and all who mourn.www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-REVw2-ocQ ...
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Brother Donald passed away on Easter Day. Born in North London in 1925, Donald’s first experience of Christian community was as a child when he was encouraged to join the local church choir. He discovered his passion for music, singing and worship. In 1943, at the age of eighteen, he joined the Royal Navy and saw out the end of the war in Burma, Malaysia and Singapore. Returning to England, he trained for the priesthood at Canterbury and Mirfield and served his curacy in a working class district of Manchester. He then joined the Society of Saint Francis, arriving at Hilfield at Candlemas, 1955. Donald was one of the first brothers to travel to Papua New Guinea in 1959, and was instrumental in the formation of our presence there. Upon his return to England his love of mission led him to form further links with parishes, universities, and the Royal Navy. Sharing the good news became the focal point of Donald’s Christian witness.Donald was also a much-respected prison chaplain, providing pastoral support at Wormwood Scrubs, Kingston, Pentonville and Belmarsh. Donald SSF: born 31st July 1925, professed 19th March 1957, died 4th April 2021. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. ...
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