Secular Franciscan Order (OFS) Ordo Franciscanus Saecularis
Br. Kip Ledger, OFM Cap, our guest speaker at the July 15 fraternity meeting, is Director of Postulants for the St. Augustine Province Capuchins. He was meeting a class of new postulants the next day in Philadelphia where he works. Br. Kip had been asked to give a talk on Renewing the Rule in our Hearts. He took much of his teaching from St. Bonaventure, whose feast day was July 15. He called Bonaventure the Doctor of Love and called us as Secular Franciscans to read our Rule with our hearts as well as our minds so we might turn desire into action. He suggested that just as the Ten Commandments provide the Jewish people a way of life to be lived, not just a set of rules to be followed, so our Rule provides us a way of life to be lived that leads us to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Our Franciscan Imagination is the lens through which we see the world and by which we are formed. He said Franciscans of all three Orders are Christocentric, Trinitarian, and creation-oriented; contemplative and penitential; loving and focused on justice and peace in action. We aren’t here to wait for the Kingdom of God, but to live in communion with God and with one another, making the Kingdom of God present in our world now. Our Rule leads us to live the Gospel and to be Christ in the world. To further our understanding of the lessons learned at this meeting, we were encouraged to read once again the Secular Franciscan Rule and Constitutions, as well as the Gospels. His talk was a wonderful way to celebrate the feast day of St. Bonaventure! Thanks to Br. Kip for his love and guidance.
If you are interested in learning more about Franciscan spirituality, or possibly find yourself discerning a call to the Secular Franciscan Order, please join us. Inquiry is open to all Catholic men and women not members of another religious order or secular order and 18 years or older. Candidates must be practicing Catholics faithful to the teachings of the Church and loCareyal to the Apostolic See. The Secular Franciscan Order belongs to the Franciscan Family and is “formed by the organic union of all the Catholic fraternities, whose members, moved by the Holy Spirit, commit themselves through profession to live the Gospel after the manner of St. Francis in their secular state following the Rule approved by the Church” (Const. 1,3).