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.

For more information please contact St. Anthony of Padua Church.
1010 Ferguson St.
Rockford,Il 61102
tel: 815 -965-2761

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