Welcome to the web site of the Fraternities of the Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) in Hawaii and Guam. The Secular Franciscan Order, formerly known as the Third Order of St. Francis, is an official Order within the Catholic Church, and was established by St. Francis of Assisi early in the thirteenth century. Members do not live in community, but live their everyday lives in the world. However, members gather together in fraternity on a regular basis. By profession, they promise to follow a Rule of Life approved and confirmed by Pope Paul VI in June of 1978.
In these fraternities the brothers and sisters, led by the Spirit, strive for perfect charity in their own secular state.
At their profession they pledge themselves to live the gospel in the manner of St. Francis by means of this rule approved by the Church. The Pauline Rule and the General Constitutions of the Secular Franciscan Order are available at the National Fraternity website. The National Fraternity is represented at the International level (headquarters in Rome - see websitehttp://www.ciofs.org/sfo.htm) by an International Councilor.