The Glory of the Most High Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order seeks to help lay people and secular priests and deacons live out their Franciscan vocations through prayer, community, and opportunities for spiritual growth.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Bishops call for a fortnight of prayer
Bishops’ Fortnight Prayer
Pray each day June 21 through July 4
Almighty God, Father of all nations,
For freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus (Gal.
We praise and bless you for the gift of religious
the foundation of human rights, justice,
and the common good.
Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect
and promote our liberties;
By your grace may we have the courage to defend them,
for ourselves and for all those who live in this
We ask this through the intercession
of Mary Immaculate, our patroness,
and in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
with whom you live and reign, one God for ever and
The Secular Franciscan Order belongs to the Franciscan Family and is "formed by the organic union of all the Catholic fraternities. We, the members are moved by the Holy Spirit and commit ourselves through profession to live the Gospel after the manner of St. Francis in our secular state following the Rule approved by the Church" ( Const. 1,3).
"The rule and life of the Secular Franciscans is this: to observe the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ by following the example of Saint Francis of Assisi, who made Christ the inspiration and the center of his life with God and people.... We devote ourselves especially to careful reading of the gospel, going from gospel to life and life to the gospel." ( Rule Article 4).