Are you seeking a spirituality of joy? Are you looking for a community with a contemplative heart that pursues justice, peace, and the loving care of creation? The Third Order of the Society of St. Francis is an Anglican/Episcopal religious order for people of all kinds—single and in committed relationships, lay and ordained—who live by Franciscan principles “in the world.” This is the order founded by Francis himself for those who were drawn to his way but felt called to live it out right where they were.

Francis of Assisi is one of the most cherished saints in the history of the church. But he lived and died eight centuries ago. What is so attractive about his way that people still want to follow it? Francis had a genius for seeing the face of Christ in everyone he met: bishop or leper, Christian or Muslim, friend or stranger. Francis faced some of the biggest questions of his day: How to respond to the growing gap between rich and poor? How to make peace between enemies? What is our relationship to the world God made? Where is God when we suffer? Because these are also the questions of our own day, Francis has much to say to us.

Francis took on the challenges of his time with humility, love, and joy. We in the Third Order today are companions on this same road. We invite you to explore this site and consider whether this way might be for you, too. In the name of Christ and in the words of St. Francis, we wish you peace and all good!

About the Third Order

The Third Order of the Society of St. Francis is an Anglican/Episcopal religious order for people of all kinds — single and in committed relationships, lay and ordained—who live by Franciscan principles “in the world.”

Joining Our Order

Is the Franciscan vocation the expression of Christian life to which God is calling you? The Third Order’s Formation program is a time of discovery as well as a time of growth in Franciscan spirituality and of learning to live a rule of life.

The Franciscan Family

Our Franciscan family includes Anglican Franciscans from around the world, First Order Brothers and Sisters in the Province of the Americas, Roman Catholic Secular Franciscans, the Ecumenical Order of Franciscans and the Order of Lutheran Franciscans.

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Programs

As the Third Order is a “dispersed” community, most programs are local in nature – carried out by individuals or local Fellowships. Find out more about the work of Justice Peace & Integrity of Creation (JPIC) and the current course offerings of Canticle Campus.  

Resources

Read about the history of the Third Order, view some historical documents, look through the on-line library or check out the leadership of our organization.