Introduction to the community
There are three different paths, or ‘Orders’ within the Society, paths which were founded by Francis himself in the thirteenth century, although our particular expression of the Franciscan life within the Anglican Communion goes back only to the early twentieth century. Further information can be found at https://www.anglicanfranciscans.org
The First Order consists of brothers (Society of St Francis – SSF) and sisters (Community of St Francis – CSF – who make vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, live in community, pray together, and undertake active work of many kinds.
There are First Order brothers in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, the UK, and the USA, arranged into five Provinces.
Each has their own entry in the Yearbook.
- Province of the Americas
- European Province
- Papua New Guinea Province
- Solomon Islands Province
- Divine Compassion Province
See also the separate entries for:
Address of Minister General: Brother Christopher John SSF, Hermitage of St Bernardine, PO Box 46, Stroud, NSW 2425, Australia
Bishop Protector General: Rt Rev’d John Stead, Bishop of Willochra, South Australia
Minister General: Br Christopher John SSF, Assumed office: July 2017
Assistant Minister General: Br Benedict SSF
Total membership: 101