Types of Membership
This form is for canonically approved Third Order Regular Congregations
Congregational Associate Membership
This form is for Associates, Cojourners and Covenant Members of canonically approved Third Order Regular Congregations or SFO members.
Third Order Regular Rule 1982
“Inspired by the example of Saint Francis of Assisi, the members of the Third Order Regular set forth to follow Jesus Christ by living in fraternal communion, by professing the observance of the evangelical counsels of obedience, poverty and chastity in public vows, and by giving themselves to innumerable expressions of apostolic activity. To actualize in the best way possible their chosen way of life, they dedicate themselves unreservedly to prayer, strive to grow in fraternal love, live true penance and cultivate Christian self-denial.”
(Given at Rome, at Saint Peter’s under the ring of the Fisherman, on the 8th day of December, 1982, the fifth day of our pontificate by John Paul II as a Perpetual Memorial.)
Bylaws – The Franciscan Federation, Third Order Regular, of the Sisters and Brothers in the United States
“And wherever the brothers and sisters may be together or meet (other) brothers and sisters let them give witness that they are members of one family. And let each one confidently make known his (or her) need to the other, for if a mother has such care and love for her son born according to the flesh (cf. Thess. 2:7), should not someone love and care for his (her) brothers and sisters according to the Spirit more diligently?” (cf. Reg B 6, 7-8; cf. Reg TOR 7:23; cf. Writings of Francis and Clare)ByLaws
The Direction Statement of the Franciscan Federation
The Franciscan Federation needs to be a catalyst in bringing together the wisdom and traditions of the present membership and the energy and contemporary practices of the modern day followers of Francis and Clare. We welcome all of the First, Second and Secular Franciscan orders, in their diversity and in their sensitivity to their particular charisms, to walk with us, in whatever ways that foster unity and communion, in the local, national and global contexts. Continuously enriched by the communion we experience and promote with all members of the Franciscan family, we seek, at this moment in the United States, to direct our attention also to our cojourners, associates and others with Franciscan hearts who find themselves part of our Third Order Regular family. This movement will involve the humility of being open to the Spirit and the ideas of others.
International Franciscan Conference of the Sisters and Brothers of the Third Order Regular (IFC-TOR)
The purpose of the IFC-TOR is to promote genuine communion within and among the Institutes of the Third Order Regular throughout the world, by fostering Franciscan life and spirituality in harmony with the spirit and content of the Rule and its fundamental values which are based on the Gospel and in accordance with the teachings of the Church. ifc-tor.org