The First Order of the Society of Saint Francis consists of two communities: one for
men (The Society of St Francis) and one for women (The Community of St
Francis). Franciscans are often described as 'active' religious, in that - as well as using our houses
as places of prayer and respite - we also work in the wider world, with a particular care for the poor and under-privileged.
We see our life as sharing in the mission of the Church in its desire to make Jesus Christ known to all people
and to bring his love to all that God has created.
The brothers and sisters live in houses often called convents and friaries, though
most are simply called houses!
The Sisters of the Community of St Francis
celebrated their Centenary in 2005.
There is also a Second Order of the Society of Saint Francis, called the Community of
Saint Clare. It is an enclosed order for women, following the way of life of Saint
Clare of Assisi.
The Third Order of the Society of Saint Francis
is for men and women living in the world, married or single, ordained or lay.
All three Orders of the Society are supported in prayer by the Companions of