The Joyful Servants Fraternity in Mid-Missouri
is one of ten fraternities in the St. Clare Region
and one of over 1200 in the United States.
Who are Secular Franciscans?
The Secular Franciscan Order (OFS) is a branch of the worldwide Franciscan Family. We are single and married. We work, worship and play in the community where we live.
The OFS is a secular movement, established by St. Francis of Assisi more than 800 years ago. Our purpose is to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to life where we live and where we work. We look for practical ways to embrace the Gospel in our lives and help others to do likewise.
In today’s world we are plagued by time schedules, projects and activities that leave us tense and stressed. The OFS becomes our place of refuge and renewal where our brothers and sisters in Christ and St. Francis support and inspire us. You, too, can become a life-time member of our family . . . if God is calling you.
Enhance your spiritual life,
serve through apostolic ministries,
continue your education in the faith
and in the Franciscan Movement!
What do Secular Franciscans Do?
Secular Franciscans follow the OFS rule that requires us to spend time in community with our Franciscan brothers and sisters.
We gather at least monthly. We support each other through the ups and downs of daily life. We pray together. We take opportunities to learn about our Church, our community and our world.
Our rule mandates us to be involved in apostolic ministries and with youth. When we are called to action, we embrace the call joyfully. Some of us are religious educators. Some have made a commitment to Perpetual Adoration. Some work with the poor, the homeless and the elderly.
As a fraternity, we take action on issues that affect the lives of others. We respond to local and national social justice issues. We participate in pro-life activities. We support underprivileged youth in South America. And some of us volunteer with the American Red Cross.
Is the OFS for you?
If you have a Franciscan vocation, you probably have a desire to do something more. Perhaps you feel a need for support in your spiritual growth. Or, deep down, you sense a need to serve God in a special way.
Or, for years, you have felt an affinity with St. Francis. He seems to pop up all around
and you just don’t know why.
Perhaps, God IS calling you!
Getting to know the OFS better may be a way to determine if you have a vocation.
You’ll have plenty of time to get to know us before you make any commitment.
The OFS requires three-months of orientation and six-months of inquiry. During that time, you will come to our monthly gatherings and have a few informal classes. Then, if you feel the call to continue, you will have another 18-months of formal discussion, education and involvement as a candidate.
If you feel that God is calling you to do something more, please give us a call.
Is God calling you to
walk in the footsteps
of St. Francis of Assisi?
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