DESCRIPTION: A lay religious order, founded by St. Francis of Assisi, made up of a community of professed Catholic men and women who are called by the Holy Spirit to live according to the rule of the Order. Secular Franciscans model their lives after Christ, aiming to keep the gospels as guide; nourishing, challenging and giving them direction as followers of St. Francis and St. Clare.
GENERAL INFORMATION: We consist of married, single and clergy members, living in the world, moving quietly forward in the company of others whom we regard as brothers and sisters in Christ and in Francis. The Fraternity of St. Stephen’s meets monthly for prayer, formation, and friendship in order to better live out their charism in the world.
PARTICIPATION: In the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Region, there are 32 active local fraternities of Secular Franciscans. The region stretches from the Capital District and Hudson River Valley in the east to the Canadian and Ohio borders on the west; from Watertown and Croghan in the north to the Pennsylvania border on the south, including Erie, PA The Secular Franciscans regional website is at www.bktr.org