2018 Trip for Secular Franciscans: Learn and Serve in Cochabamba, Bolivia

2018 trip for secular franciscans: learn and serve in cochabamba, bolivia


As a Secular Franciscan, no doubt you have reflected on these words and lived these values in myriad contexts. From your fraternity meetings to your parish, from your home to your workplace, you have committed yourself to embracing the Franciscan charism in daily life, and you know that even an average week presents numerous opportunities to encounter God and grow in service to one’s neighbor.

You probably also know that, sometimes, it’s good to step out of familiar surroundings, to encounter God in new places, meet new people, and reflect on newly-learned realities.

If you’re feeling drawn to an experience of newness, one that will allow you to connect with Franciscan lay missioners, learn about structural poverty, and grow in fellowship with other Secular Franciscans, join us in Bolivia this August. Here’s what you need to know:

Dates: August 25, 2018-September 2, 2018

Cost: $1500 (includes meals, visas, and in-country travel) + flight, 50% deposit required by May 1, 2018

To reserve your place and ask questions: email Elizabeth Hughes at liz@franciscanmissionservice.org

Meet your guide: Jeff Sved is a returned FMS missioner who served in Cochabamba, Bolivia for four years.  During that time, Jeff dedicated himself to a ministry of accompaniment in Cochabamba’s prisons, becoming friends with people striving to maintain hope and a sense of community in difficult surroundings.  Though Jeff currently works as the Director of the Franciscan Center for Social Concern at St. Bonaventure University, at least half his heart is still in Cochabamba.  He is excited to return to Bolivia and introduce Secular Franciscans to the community he came to know and love.


Are you drawn to a closer relationship with Jesus?

You may have a calling to follow the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi to live the gospel through the Secular Franciscan Order.  Members of Holy Family Fraternity OFS are parishioners — just like you, who seek to live their faith with their families, in their jobs, wherever they go; and enjoy the peace that St. Francis taught and lived.

All men and women are invited to learn about our order and what we do in our parish communities and around the globe. 

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, 18 years or older. Candidates must be practicing Catholics faithful to the teachings of the Church and loyal 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).

St. Francis of Assisi founded three orders all of which are known as Franciscans and members of the Franciscan family tree.  First Order – Order of Friars Minor OFM (Religious).  Second Order – Poor Clares and Sister of St. Francis (Religious).  Third Order – Order of Franciscan Secular (Secular) and Third Order Regular (Religious).

Holy Family Fraternity serves the Manassas/Gainesville/Centreville area, and is in the
St. Margaret of Cortona Region 
of the National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order-USAWe belong to the worldwide CIOFS International Fraternity of the Secular Franciscans.


World Wide Order:  Order Franciscan Secular (OFS) – Ordo Franciscanus Saecularis

St. Clare and St. Francis of Assisi


The Secular Franciscan Order (LatinOrdo Franciscanus Saecularispostnominal abbreviation O.F.S.; also called the Third Order Secular) is a community of Catholic men and women in the world who seek to pattern their lives after Jesus in the spirit of Francis of Assisi. Secular Franciscans are tertiaries, or members of the Third Order of Saint Francis founded by Francis of Assisi 800 years ago.

Originally known as the Brothers and Sisters of Penance, the Order is open to any Catholic not bound by religious vows to another religious order and is made up of both the laity (male and female non-clergy) and secular clergy (deacons, priests, and bishops).

Although Secular Franciscans make a public profession and are consecrated, they are not bound by public vows as are religious living in community.  The Third Order Regular (TOR), which grew out of the Third Order Secular, do make religious vows and live in community.

Because the Order belongs to the spiritual family of the Franciscans, the Holy See has entrusted its pastoral care and spiritual assistance to the Franciscan First Order (Order of Friars Minor, Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, and Order of Friars Minor Conventual) and Franciscan Third Order Regular (TOR), which belong to the same spiritual family.  

Holy Family Fraternity

St. Margaret of Cortona Region OFS

National Fraternity of the  Secular Franciscan Order  NAFRA-SFO

International Fraternity of the Order of Franciscan Secular CIOFS

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