Franciscan Spirituality

Overview of Franciscan Spirituality

Franciscan spirituality has always involved both action and contemplation. St. Francis proclaimed the gospel of compassion and care for creation while living in solidarity with the poor. He also spent months in the mountainous forests above Assisi, praying in deep contemplation, often in caves and abandoned places.

For an overview of Franciscan spirituality, please read our introduction here.

Spiritual Practices and Community Living Resources


Common Franciscan Prayers from Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, MN
Franciscan Prayer from National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi
Center for Action and Contemplation: An educational center grounded in the Christian mystical tradition
Franciscan Spirituality of Creation article by Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM in the Huffington Post
Contemplative Outreach international organization promoting Centering Prayer and other Christian contemplative practices

Community Living

Shareable great ideas on how to share in your community, including this page for housing, food, transportation and more
Intentional Communities ecovillages, cohousing and more
The Catholic Worker Movement - Communities

Become a Lay Franciscan

St. Francis welcomed a married couple, Luchesio and Buonadonna, into the Franciscan movement and wrote a rule from which they could draw inspiration and order for the Franciscan life. They were called Brothers and Sisters of Penance and lay Catholics for nearly 800 years have made a life commitment and become members of what is called the Secular Franciscan Order ('secular' meaning that we are embedded in world'). There are some 15,000 Catholic Secular Franciscans in the US, and about 400,000 around the world. Episcopalians formed the Third Order Society of St. Francis in 1950, and other Christians have joined the Franciscan movement since then.

The ecumenical lay Franciscan family:


Lay Franciscans have made a mark on history for social justice along with many amazing sisters and friars. Anyone interested in learning more can call 1.800.FRANCIS to be directed to the nearest fraternity. Our Lay Franciscan Champions of Justice Series currently features Matt Talbot among a list of lay Franciscan women and men that include Dante, St. Thomas More, St. Elizabeth of Hungary and St. Elizabeth of Portugal.