Secular Franciscan Order [SFO] Back

The Secular Franciscan Order is a community of Catholic men and women in the world who seek to pattern their lives after Christ in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. Secular Franciscans are tertiaries, or members of the Third Order of St. Francis founded by St. Francis of Assisi 800 years ago.

Originally known as the Brothers and Sisters of Penance, it is open to any Catholic not bound by religious vows to another Religious Order and is made up of both the laity (men and women) and secular clergy (deacons, priests, and bishops).

Although Secular Franciscans make a public profession, they are not bound by public vows as are religious orders living in community. The Third Order Regular (TOR), which grew out of the Third Order Secular, do make religious vows and live in community.

Because the Order belongs to the spiritual family of the Franciscan movements, the Holy See has entrusted her pastoral care and spiritual assistance to the Franciscan First Order (Order of Friars Minor) and Franciscan Third Order Regular (TOR).



  •  love God
  •  love one's neighbor
  •  turn away from our sinful tendencies
  •  "receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ" and, as a result of the above,
  • producing worthy fruits of penance – a renewed life characterized by charity, forgiveness and compassion toward others.


SFO association is inspired by St Francis Assisi. Our church is has around 60 members , which is noted as the highest in the diocese. It will complete its 75 years in the month of october 2014. 


Office Bearers:

President - Thelma Pinto

Vice President – Mrs Carmelita D’souza

Secretary – Mrs Feliciana Pasanha

Training Head – Mr Walter Mascarenhas

Treasurer – Mrs Terry Mascarenhas


Meeting – 1St Sunday Of Every Month At 4.30 PM