The Secular Franciscans are the lay branch of the order of St. Francis of Assisi. The Franciscan order is comprised of four main groups. The first is the order of Franciscan Friars, the second order is comprised of the Sisters of St. Clare of Assisi, commonly referred to as the Poor Clares. The third is the Third Order Regular comprised of the men and women religious. The fourth group is comprised of lay men and women, who after a period of discernment and formation make a life long commitment to live the Gospel life in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. Secular Franciscans are active in their parishes and serve in many roles.
Our primary focus is to be witnesses to the Gospel by bringing Gospel values into all areas of the secular world by our example of living and by words if needed. Any practicing Catholic man or woman is welcome to “come and see.” We meet on the second Wednesday of each month (except for July and August) at 7:00pm at St. Clare of Assisi Parish Hall, 1320 Johnson St, Coquitlam.