Secular Franciscans


Our primary purpose for creating this website is to serve Roman Catholics who are searching for a way to deepen their relationship with Almighty God.
Do you feel you are being called but you aren't sure what God is calling you to do? If this is the reason you are here then you might be in the right place. If you came here because you want to find out more about the Secular Franciscan Order (SFO), the third order founded by Francis of Assisi for the laity, then you too might be in the right place. Whatever your reason for stopping by we welcome you and pray we may have been of some service to you.

Our Vocation and Mission

We the members of the St. Anthony of Padua Fraternity of St. Stanislaus Church, called by God and inspired by the life of St. Francis of Assisi who emulated Christ in all things, commit ourselves to the Gospel as our Way of Life; GOING FROM GOSPEL TO LIFE AND LIFE TO THE GOSPEL. The members of our fraternity are men and women, married and single from all walks of life. The thing we have in common with all Franciscans is the desire to foster a deeper relationship with the triune God by living the Gospel in the manner of St. Francis of Assisi.

Locating a fraternity near you

For information about a fraternity in your area please call the following phone number: 1-800-FRANCIS (1-800-372-6247). This phone number
will give you the information you need to locate any fraternities in your area.

Do you have a question about the Secular Franciscan Order?

If you have a question about the Secular Franciscan Order be sure to visit the following link:

Secular Franciscan Q & A

These are answers to the most common questions about the SFO.

St. Anthony Of Padua Fraternity
Secular Franciscan Order
Followers Of St. Francis
St. Stanislaus Church
201 Buckbee Street
Rockford, IL 61104

Our Fraternity Council

Joseph Scordato, SFO – Minister
Cindy Strom, SFO – Vice Minister
Darlene DeSchepper, SFO – Master of Formation
Gail Vannetter, SFO – Treasurer
Maureen Scordato, SFO – Secretary
Rev. James Ciaramitaro, OFM Conv. – Spiritual Director

Our Community Gathering

Our monthly meeting is held the Fourth Sunday of the month unless rescheduled for special activity at:

St. Stanislaus Church
201 Buckbee Street
Rockford, IL 61104

We love to have visitors and we extend to all a cordial invitation to visit us if you are in the area. The format of our meetings is as follows:

· 1:00 – 2:00 Candidate Formation (Kolbe Hall Church Basement)
· 2:00 – 2:30 Prayer (Church)
· 2:30 – 4:00 Ongoing Formation & Community Time

Please click on the links for more information.

Brief history of the Secular Franciscan Order
Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order
Secular Franciscan Q & A