1. Historical Framework


The following resources are a few of the vast resource materials available, and are intended to stimulate your fraternity to become joyful seekers of knowledge. A creative Ongoing Formation program at each fraternity meeting adds vitality to the proceedings.

Documents of Vatican II

  1. Lumen gentium: Dogmatic Constitution on the Church
  2. Gaudium et spes: Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World
  3. Apostolicam actuositatem: Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity
  4. Catechism of the Catholic Church

Life of St. Francis and St. Clare

  1. Francis and Clare: The Complete Works – Armstrong & Brady. Paulist Press, 1982
  2. Francis of Assisi: Early Documents Vol. 1: The Saint, Vol. 2: The Founder, Vol. 3 The Prophet New City Press, 1999
  3. St. Francis of Assisi: Writings and Early Biographies (Omnibus of the Sources) (2 Volume Set) Marion A. Habig, OFM. Franciscan Press, Studying the Life of Francis of Assisi: A Beginner’s Workbook – William Hugo, OFM Cap. Franciscan Press, 1996
  4. The First Franciscan Woman: Clare of Assisi and Her Form of Life – Margaret Carney, OSF. Franciscan Press, 1993
  5. The Living Mirror: Reflections on Clare of Assisi – Frances Teresa, OSC. Orbis Books, 1995
  6. Clare of Assisi, The Lady – Early Documents – Regis Armstrong – New York City Press

Ongoing Formation

  1. Journey and the Dream-by Murray Bodo, published by St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1988.
  2. TO LIVE AS FRANCIS LIVED –Leonard Foley, OFM, Jovian Wiegel, OFM, Pattie Normile, SFO. St. Anthony Messenger, 2000.
  3. THE FRANCISCAN JOURNEY – Lester Bach, OFM. Smoky Valley Printing.
  4. TO SET THEMSELVES FREE: A Continuous Guide to the Life and Rule of Secular Franciscans – Teresa Baker, SFO. Smoky Valley Printing
  5. Review of the SFO Rule by John Sullivan OFM, 23 lessons–Review of the SFO Rule