Annotated Rule of Life and Sources

Here is an updated version of the “Rule of Life and Sources” which has appeared in various forms over the years. Paula Pearce has kindly updated the sources so that they include references to the three volume work “Francis of Assisi: Early Documents”, as well as to the older “St Francis of Assisi: Omnibus of Sources”.

As we approach the “Beatitudes” Chapter which will mark the close of the year celebrating the 40th anniversary of the approval by Pope Blessed Paul VI of the OFS Rule on 24th June 1978, this is a most welcome resource.

See below for Paula’s comments on “Why go back to the Original Sources of the OFS Rule?”

Many thanks to Mags Ivatts, of Hollington fraternity, for her work in preparing the update.

This Annotated Rule of Life and Sources can be easily accessed at any time here, under: OFSGB, Documents of the Order.

To avoid any confusion what we have here is the “old” translation of the Rule. We hope that the new translation will be approved soon.



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National Minister

National “Beatitudes” Chapter June 2019

June 21st to 23rd, 2019

at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire DE55 1AU


Betsy Hart, our National Minister gives us her introduction to the event in the text below.

Invitation to Journey with us at the Beatitudes Chapter of Mats

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ

When we as Franciscans gather together we are made more aware of our Franciscan vocation, charism and mission. We come together to BE together, to pray together, to learn together and to encourage one another in our Living of our Franciscan Rule in our everyday life.
I know that many of you, who would have liked to have been with us to help celebrate the 40th Anniversary of our NEW rule, have for various reasons been unable to join with us physically.
I would encourage EVERY Franciscan to join with us Spiritually. The Programme is posted on the OFSGB website and I would encourage you all to pray with us as we journey through the weekend. On the Programme you will see which Beatitude we are discussing and which Region is leading us in our discussion.
Please pray for each Region as they lead us in discussion about their Beatitude.
Please also pray for your National Council who have worked so hard to ensure all that can be done, has been done, to ensure a smooth running of this Chapter.
We will give you further updates as we go through the weekend programme.
Betsy Hart (National Minister OFSGB)


The programme for the events can be accessed here (pdf)


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The Franciscan Legacy from the 13th Century to the 21st

Assessing the Continuing Significance of St Francis and Franciscan Traditions of Theology, Spirituality, and Action

A Conference in Honour of the 800th Anniversary of St Francis’ Meeting with Sultan Malek Al-Kamil
Hosted by the Durham University Centre for Catholic Studies and Sponsored by the Franciscan Families of the UK and Ireland, with support from Ushaw and The Tablet
Tues 5 – Thurs 7 November 2019 in Durham City and Ushaw College, Durham, UK

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Our Presence in the World

The War on Plastic
We are hoping to open up the discussion on waste in our developed country and its impact on other people and the planet . In the spirit of Laudato Si and the Pope ‘s plea that we think of the common good, would anyone like to share their thoughts.?

Climate Change
On 26th June Cafod is inviting all supporters to show their concern about climate change by going to Parliament Square and if possible meeting their MP . They are hoping for a large turnout . Is anyone involved in this via their parish ? If so please let us know.

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