Secular Franciscan Order


The Secular Franciscans are an Order of men and women who strive to live according to the Gospels and the example of St. Francis, while remaining in the world. They used to be called the Third Order of St. Francis.

Franciscan Friars of the Southwest have ministered with Secular Franciscans since 1610, when the first S.F.O. Fraternity was established in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1985, when the O.F.M. Guadalupe Province was established as independent of the St John the Baptist Province, Cincinnati, the S.F.O. fraternities in this regional became the Guadalupe S.F.O. Province.

The Fraternities are operated by the Seculars themselves. It is a secular Order. The members are living out the Gospel in their communities in many different ways. They help the poor, minister in their parishes under the pastor in whatever way they can. They meet once or twice a month for prayer, a business meeting, and social.

They truly live out their lives as Gospel people. You may notice they conduct their Order much as the other two Orders of Franciscans, the First (OFM, OFM Cap. OFM Conventual) and Second Orders (the Poor Clares), which includes a formation program and ceremonies to celebrate the promises made by the members.

What a wonderful Franciscan Family we have.

Interested in learning more? Please contact 

Regional Spiritual Assistant:

Gordon Boykin, OFM
Assumption Friary
4210 Meadowlark Lane, SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124



  Our Lady of Guadalupe, Empress of the Americas Region # 75

Regional Minister:
Sofia Villareal, OFS