Secular Franciscans of Hawaii
Welcome to our Maui Fraternity, Maria ‘O Maluhia
(which means “Our Lady of Peace” in Hawaiian.)
We usually meet on the third Saturday of the month at 1:00 pm.  We gather at either Maria Lanakila Church in Lahaina, in the St. Damien Room; or, at Christ The King Church in Kahului, in the Hale Kamiano Room.  For new members or inquirers who wish to attend a meeting, please verify the schedule with Toni Rodrigues at 264-9392.  You are most welcome to attend.

Our scheduled gatherings for the rest of 2012 are as follows:

March 17-Lahaina, Maria Lanakila

April 28-Kahului, Christ the King

May 19-Lahaina, Maria Lanakila

June 16-Kahului, Christ the King

July 21-Lahaina, Maria Lanakila

August 18-Kahului, Christ the King

September 15-Lahaina, Maria Lanakila

October 20-Kahului, Christ the King

November (date to be announced, due to Formation Workshop)-Lahaina, Maria Lanakila

Our officers are:
Spiritual Assistant:  Sr. Candelaria Pinaula, fsp  879-4844
Formation Director and Acting Minister:  Toni Rodrigues, OFS  264-9392
Treasurer:  Juliette Lum, OFS  661-3637
Secretary:  Anne Herrick, OFS  572-7118
For More information, or to attend a meeting, please contact Toni Rodrigues, OFS,Acting Minister at 808-264-9392
, or email to

Pax et Bonum and Aloha,

Maria 'O Maluhia Fraternity, Secular Franciscan Order

"They have been made living members of the Church in Baptism; ...
Therefore, they should go forth as witnesses and instruments
of her mission among all people
Proclaiming Christ by their life and words."

Is God Calling You to the Secular Franciscan Order?

The process of becoming a professed Secular Franciscan is a journey that involves three separate stages and culminates in a lifelong commitment to live the gospel following the example of St. Francis of Assisi. This formation process unfolds in regularly scheduled formation sessions during which the home study material is thoroughly discussed.

The first stage, Orientation, provides time for dialogue and developing relationships in fraternity. During Orientation you will be introduced to the lives of St. Francis and St. Clare and share in Franciscan prayer life. You will be given general information about the Secular Franciscan Order. Orientation is a time to discern if the Spirit is calling you to a Secular Franciscan vocation. The period of Orientation is a minimum of three months.

The second stage, Inquiry, is the first formal period of initiation. It is a time of in-depth study of the lives of St. Francis and St. Clare. During Inquiry you will learn about the Franciscan charism and Franciscan history. You will deepen your understanding of what it means to be secular and Franciscan, and you will continue to discern if the Spirit is calling you to the Secular Franciscan way of life. The period of Inquiry is a minimum of six months. If a vocation is discerned, the Inquirer is received into the Order.

The third stage, Candidacy, is the final formal period of initiation. It is a time of preparing for permanent commitment by immersion into fraternity life. Central to this stage of formation is Article 4 of The Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order which states, "The rule and life of the Secular Franciscan is this: to observe the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ by following Saint Francis of Assisi, who made Christ the inspiration and the center of his life with God and people." The period of Candidacy is a minimum of eighteen months and culminates in permanent commitment to the gospel life.

After profession of the Rule and permanent commitment to the gospel way of life, the newly professed member joins the rest of the fraternity in ongoing formation.

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