Useful Links/connections for Secular Franciscans

What’s available for Secular Franciscans living in the UK?

Some useful links and connections for Secular Franciscans living in the UK.

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The Holy See

Pope Francis
Pope Francis (@Pontifex): twitter
Pope Francis (@franciscus) instagram

Vatican Radio
The voice of the Pope and the Church in dialogue with the World

L’Osservatore Romano

Documents of the Second Vatican Council

Council Documents
Sacrosanctum Concilium, 1963 [SC]
– on the constitution of the sacred liturgy
Lumen Gentium, 1964 [LG]
– on the Church
Dei Verbum, 1965 [DV]
– on Divine Revelation
Gaudium et Spes, 1965 [GS]
– on the Church in the Modern World
Apostolicam Actuositatem, 1965 [AA] [pdf]
– on the Apostolate of the Laity

News & Views

Zenit: The World seen from Rome

Whispers in the Loggia (Rocco Palmo)
Rocco Palmo (@roccopalmo): twitter

Core Franciscan Texts

The Three Principal Texts
– which Francis & the earliest companions discovered by ‘random selection’ from the Gospels in
seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance:
1. Matt 19.21
2. Lk 9.3
3. Lk 9.23

Other Documents
Supra Montem (1289)
English text of the bull of pope Nicholas IV; special reference to Candidacy, Module 2: History of the OFS, sheet

Franciscan Resources

Commission on the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition (CFIT): The Franciscan Heritage Series and Intellectual Tradition. This outlines the work of the English-Speaking Conference in reviving the writings and scholarship of Franciscans. There are ongoing projects and details of student centres, courses and publications.
Custodians of the Tradition. They also offer this resource named Custodian of the Tradition with quality information for non-scholars.
Women in the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition
Franciscan Quote of the Day. A site managed by Lee Potts, a professed member of the Secular Franciscan Order. On this site he shares writings that resonate with his ongoing Franciscan formation.

OFS Papers

A Specific Vocation for a Particular Mission, by Benedetto Lino OFS
one of the two keynote addresses at the XIII General Chapter, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 22- 29th October 2011, can be found here.


Ilia Delio

Leonardo Boff
Leonardo Boff: blog
Some, but not all articles appear in English translation. Scroll down the right hand sidebar to Categorias: English
Leonardo Boff (@LeonardoBoff): twitter
Leonardo Boff: facebook

Michael Crosby OFM Cap

Murray Bodo OFM

Raniero Cantalamessa OFM Cap

Richard Rohr OFM, and the Center for Action and Contemplation

Fr Stan Fortuna C.F.R.
Fr Stan (@frstan): twitter
Fr Stan: facebook

OFM Cap (Capuchins)

Fr Francis Maple: retreat leader, cruise ship chaplain (for the Apostleship of the Sea). He also contributes to the national press, and is known as the singing friar.


Additional Formation Resources are here.

Presence in the World

Green Christian

Catholic Social Teaching
The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
was published in 2004 by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace at the request of Pope John Paul II.
Rerum Novarum (1891) Pope Leo XIII’s charter of Catholic social thought.
Pacem in Terris (1963) by Pope Saint John XXIII.
Centesimus Annus (1991) Pope Saint John Paul II, on 1 May 1991, the Memorial of Saint Joseph the Worker, on the hundredth anniversary of Rerum Novarum.
Deus Caritas Est (God is Love)(2005) Pope Benedict XVI
Laudato Si’ (2015) by Pope Francis.

Fair Trade

Pro Life
The Good Counsel Network
Helpers of God’s Precious Infants
40 Days for Life


Young Franciscans

World Youth Day
Krakow 2016
Spirit in the City


Pray as You Go

Silence in the City
A series of talks on silent prayer and contemplative living in today’s world

Retreats & Workshops

Pantasaph Retreat Centre, Pantasaph, Holywell, Flintshire.
They have a comprehensive programme of retreats.
Franciscan International Study Centre, Canterbury, Kent.
Cold Ash Centre of Franciscan Spiritualisty, Cold Ash, Thatcham, Berkshire.
Centered in our relationship with God as a community of Franciscan Sisters, we desire to offer to all who come to us a place of welcome where they may discover a loving God in their lives and in the beauty of creation. Cold Ash Centre is an ideal venue for Parish Groups, Schools, Confirmation preparation, Adult Retreats, Quiet Days, Workshops, Business Meetings and Conferences. We also offer Spiritual Direction by appointment.
Franciscan Sisters Minoress, Clay Cross, Derbyshire.
Realising that the call to solitude lies at the heart of our Franciscan vocation, the Franciscan Family continues to discover new ways of interpreting and living Saint Francis’ Rule for Hermitages. Our Portiuncula is one example among many. We have tried to preserve Saint Francis’ spirit of contemplative prayer, littleness, loving service, gospel simplicity and warm fraternity as the hallmarks of our hermitage experience.


Spirit in the City


Ten Ten Theatre
They have an interesting play, Kolbe’s Gift about Maximilian Kolbe OFM Conv. Also Bakhita’s Prayer which is based around the life of St. Josephine Bakhita.
Saltmine Theatre Company
Also onTtwitter, Instagram, Facebook.
John Newton Amazing Grace About the composer of the Hymn “Amazing Grace”.
Press-ganged into the navy at nineteen, flogged for desertion and torn from the girl he loves, John Newton feels he has nothing to live for. Making his way into the harsh world of the eighteenth century transatlantic slave trade, he makes his living as an abusive trafficker of human flesh. He is a man beyond redemption … Then one stormy night, with his ship going down, he faces certain death… he experiences the remarkable power of love and grace to transform a life.


RISEN: the epic re-telling of Jesus’ resurrection as seen through the eyes of an unbeliever was released in UK cinemas on 18th March 2016. Clavius, a high-ranking Roman military tribune and his aide Lucius are instructed by Pontius Pilate to ensure that Jesus’ radical followers don’t steal His body and claim resurrection. When the body goes missing within days, Clavius’ mission is to find the body, dispel rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem. For a review by The Christian Film Review see here.