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

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

+61 (0)7 31226541

Address: 9 Stonebridge Place, Aspley, QLD 4034, Australia

Community information

Date of foundation:

Bishop Protector: Rt Revd Garry Weatherill, Bishop of Ballarat



Denis Woodbridge TSSF, Franciscan Gold: A history of the Third Order of the Society of St Francis in the Province of Australia, Papua New Guinea and East Asia: Our first fifty years: 1959-2009. Available from the Provincial Secretary.


Minister Provincial: Rt Revd Godfrey Fryar TSSF


Professed: 323

Novices: 70