Secular Franciscan Order

Secular Franciscan Order

Fraternity of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary
First Saturday of each month – 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Contact Judy for meeting place

Contact: Judy Haupt

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San Damiano CrossMinistry Mission Statement:  The Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) is a canonically established order for the laity who have a desire to live more fully a Gospel way of life in imitation of St. Francis of Assisi, who founded the order more than 750 years ago. There are more than 30,000 members in the United States.

Secular Franciscans believe they have been called by the Spirit of God to live the Gospel, a vocation lived out in fraternity and through the support of shared prayer and Christian service. Professed members are not called to leave the world but to transform it. We remain in our families, in our work, and maintain and deepen friendships, striving through our lives to become proclamations of the Gospel, challenging us, and those around us, to change.

Our Secular Franciscans come from parishes in Beaufort, Bluffton, and Hilton Head Island. We welcome anyone who would like to “come and see.” Gatherings begin with Holy Mass at 8:00am, followed by morning prayer, breakfast, reading and reflections on a Gospel passage, with study time focusing on Franciscan spirituality.

Current Ministry Activities:  The Franciscan fraternity has two apostolates in which all members attempt to become involved:

  • Visiting the sick and elderly in nursing homes and hospitals on a regular basis;
  • Promoting and encouraging Eucharistic adoration, as well as scheduling of pledged adorers and generally monitoring hours of adoration.

Current Membership Opportunities:  Please contact the Ministry Head.