The Church expects from the unique Franciscan Secular Order a great service to the cause of the Kingdom of God in the world today. She wants your Order to be a model of organic, structural and charismatic union at all levels, so as to present yourself to the world as a "community of love" (SFO, Rule, art. 26).

     From you, Secular Franciscans, the Church awaits a courageous and consistent witness of Christian and Franciscan life that aims at building a more fraternal and evangelical world for the realization of the Kingdom of God.

Address of John Paul II     

to the                    

Secular Franciscan Order   
Friday, 22 November 2002 

About Secular Franciscans
About Holy Trinity Fraternity

     The Secular Franciscan Order  (Latin: Ordo Franciscanus Saecularis,  abbreviation O.F.S.; formerly called the Third Order Secular) is a community of Catholic men and women in the world who seek to pattern their lives after Jesus in the spirit of Francis of Assisi.


    The Secular Franciscan Order is an official Order of the Roman Catholic Church, and is part of the International Franciscan family.  


Our order was founded by Saint Francis of Assisi over 800 years ago to allow all Catholics, lay men and women, married and single and diocesan clergy, to commit themselves to follow the Gospel according to the Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order. 


     This is our vocation to the Gospel Life, to follow Jesus Christ after the manner inspired by St Francis and St Clare, to live our Rule in a fraternity, where all are sisters and brothers to each other. 

Secular Franciscans make a Profession, the promise to lead an evangelical life. They don’t enter an association but rather join a school of sanctity through a Profession accepted by the Church. Profession is a public celebration of a personal consecration and commitment to God.

     Holy Trinity Fraternity is a fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order.  We were established under Canon Law in 2003 in Pasco, Washington at St Patrick's Church.  Located in the in the Tri-cities we also have with branches in both Dayton/Waitsburg, WA and Lewiston ID.  Holy Trinity Fraternity one of 10 fraternities in the Troubadours of Peace Regional Fraternity which encompasses Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, all of which are part of the National Fraternity of the United States.  Currently there are over 700 Secular Franciscan fraternities in the United States.

    Our fraternity name, Holy Trinity, was proposed by one of our Friars because we were canonically established, to serve in the Tri-Cities.

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