Secular Franciscans gather in fraternity, regarding one another as brothers and sisters in a family that supports, spurs and inspires.
The Secular Franciscan Order (Ordo Franciscanus Saecularis) is recognized by the Roman Catholic Church as an integral part of the Franciscan family. After undergoing several phases of formation, Secular Franciscans make a permanent profession to live their Franciscan Rule and bring the Gospel to life and life to the Gospel.
St. Joseph Fraternity is one of some 27 fraternities in the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Region, covering most of upstate New York and northwestern Pennsylvania. The region is one of 30 in the United States, whose representatives comprise the National Fraternity (NAFRA). The Order's international headquarters is in Rome, Italy.
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