Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Seven continue formation as Secular Franciscans

the Inland Register

(From the Sept. 13, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Seven were accepted into the candidacy phase of the Secular Franciscan Order during a Rite of Admission earlier this year. Front row, from left, are Stacey Bogar, Tammie Fabien, and Annette Roy; in the back row, from left, are Cathy Chase, Dennis Daniel, Sandy Earnest, and Jolene Moeller. (IR photo from the Secular Franciscan Order)

Seven Catholics from Spokane and Deer Park were received into the Candidacy phase of the Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) during a Rite of Admission on Saturday, July 21 at Clare Center in south Spokane.

These six women and one man have completed a prayerful study of the lives and Gospel values of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi, who lived in the 13th century but still continue to challenge us in our spiritual journey to follow Jesus more closely in the 21st century. The Secular Franciscans were founded by St. Francis himself over 800 years ago as a response to a request of the laity who were hungry for a deeper spiritual life while still remaining in their vocation as single or married Christians.

The Franciscan charism, a unique gift to the world, is expressed in the SFO Rule, Number 4: “Secular Franciscans should devote themselves especially to careful reading of the Gospel, going from Gospel to life and life to the Gospel.”

Candidacy is the final formal period of preparation for permanent profession into the Secular Franciscan Order. Candidates continue their study and living out of simplicity, compassion, respect for all peoples, care for creation, peace and justice, and outreach projects to the needy, while deepening their relationship with God through various forms of prayer.

Gatherings are held monthly with the total fraternity to encourage solidarity in sharing the Franciscan charism in everyday life and work.

For more information, call 487-4330 or 448-0299.

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