Parish Associations


St. Francis Fraternity, Burlington

(A Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order)

“And after the Lord gave me brothers, no one showed me what I should do, but the Most High Himself revealed to me that I should live according to the form of the Holy Gospel.”  From the Testament of St. Francis

What does St. Francis of Assisi, who lived centuries ago, have to offer men and women today?  St. Francis of Assisi was called by God to live the Gospel life to the fullest degree possible, which he did by a close imitation of Christ, humbly going from Gospel to life and from life to the Gospel.  The Gospel is still relevant in our lives today.  So too is the way of life that St. Francis was called to follow.  St. Francis’ way is still present and active in the world today in the three Franciscan Orders that he founded centuries ago.

The Franciscans

In April 1209 St. Francis obtained approval from Pope Innocent III to found the First Order of St. Francis. Today this includes the Order of Friars Minor (OFM), the Friars Minor Capuchin (OFM Cap), and the Friars Minor Conventual (OFM Conv).  The Conventuals served here at St. Raphael’s Parish from 1958 until 2015.

The Second Order was founded by St. Francis and St Clare for religious women who also wished to embrace the spirituality of Francis.

St. Francis founded The Third Order, Secular Franciscans, in 1221.  The Secular Franciscan Order was formed for all people not bound by religious vows - the laity, young and old, rich and poor, men and women, married and single, educated and uneducated, even some diocesan priests – who feel called to live their life in the world as St. Francis did.  Some examples of famous Secular Franciscans include St. Elizabeth of Hungary (patroness of the Secular Franciscan Order), St. Louis of France (patron of the Secular Franciscan Order), St. Joan of Arc, and St. Pope John XXIII.

The St. Francis Fraternity, Burlington is one of numerous fraternities of Secular Franciscans spread throughout the region of Ontario, which is known as Trillium Region.  If you would like more information about the Secular Franciscan Order or the Trillium Region please visit their website at http://ofstrilliumregion.weebly.com

DO YOU HAVE A CALLING TO THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER?

Do you feel drawn to:

·         Follow the gospel life as Saint Francis did, applying the Gospel to life and life to the Gospel?

·         A special concern for the works of peace and reconciliation like St Francis and St Clare?

·         Value family as a sign of peace, fidelity, and respect for life?

·         Esteem work as a gift through which we share in creation, redemption, and service to the human family?

·         Seek to live relatively simply and, although you own personal possessions, endeavor not to become overly attached to them?

·         Strive to identify with the poor and less fortunate, reaching out to the needy and the marginalized of society?

·         A way of life to grow in Love of God and Love of neighbour through works of mercy and charity?

If you would like more information or have any questions about the St. Francis Fraternity, Burlington please email us at burlingtonsfo@gmail.com.

Or please drop in at our Fraternity gathering, held on the second Sunday of each month from 2 to 4 pm (dates and times may vary occasionally).  We gather in the St. Francis Room (basement level) at St. Raphael’s Parish located at 4072 New Street, Burlington, Ontario.  All are welcome!

May whoever observes all this be filled in heaven with the blessing of the most high Father, and on earth with that of His beloved Son, together with the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.”  Blessing of St. Francis of Assisi from the Testament of St Francis



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