The Third Order, Society of St Francis (TSSF), Pacific Province

Introduction to the community

The Third Order of the Society of Saint Francis consists of men and women, ordained and lay, single or in committed relationships, who believe that God is calling them to live out their Franciscan vocation in the world, living in their own homes and following ordinary professions. Like the First Order Friars and Sisters and Second Order Nuns, The Third Order members, (called Tertiaries) encourage one another in living and witnessing to Christ through a Rule of Life that includes prayer, study and work. The Third Order is worldwide, with a Minister General, and five Ministers Provincial to cover their respective Provinces.

TSSF Provinces worldwide

Contact details

Telephone:
021 761 773

Address: 797 Purangi Road, Cooks Beach, 3591 New Zealand

Community information

Date of foundation:
1962

Bishop Protector for New Zealand: Rt Revd Jim White, Assistant Bishop of Auckland

Bishop Protector for Melanesia: Rt Revd Alfred Karibongi, Bishop of Hanuato’o

Lifestyle:
Rule:
Location:

Publications

Booklets by Chris Barfoot

  • Beginnings of the Third Order in New Zealand 1956-74
  • Peace and Joy, Part 2 of the History of the Third Order, Society of St Francis in New Zealand

Leadership

Minister Provincial: Blair Matheson TSSF

Membership

Professed:
New Zealand 93
Melanesia 81

Novices:
New Zealand 6
Melanesia 31

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