The Secular Franciscan Meeting
This is only a recommendation of how a meeting should take place with an emphasis on prayerful community participation.
The importance of the Franciscan meeting
A meeting of the fraternity should occur at least once a month.
The importance of the monthly meeting is dedicating yourself to the “Franciscan Way of Life.” True Franciscanism requires sacrifices, at times, for the good of your fraternity and of the Franciscan Order. You have an obligation to schedule your times of serving other obligations around the day of your regular Franciscan meeting.
Your Franciscan way of life begins in, is nurtured on, and blossoms out of your Franciscan meeting. This is your community life. Only for a good and acceptable reason should you skip a regular meeting. There are times, such as health problems and family matters, that you skip a regular meeting.
We all owe it to God, St. Francis, and our brothers and sisters of our fraternity to be present at the meetings.
The meeting begins with Mass
Members attend Mass if possible as a community. They sit together during Mass if possible, showing that they are a community, wearing their Tau Cross.
Usually lasts about half-an-hour
Members share in providing the food and drink.
Give to the Common fund
Liturgical Hours; With a correct Format for reading the Liturgy of the Hours.
This is important prayer time. The reading of the “Liturgical Hours” is the daily prayer of the Order
and should be a prayerful time with intercessions for members and others who are in need of prayers.
The order of old and new business
A brief time is spent on old and new business
The reading of the minutes and treasury is unnecessary because it was reported in the newsletter of the month.
E.g. Discussion of retreats, days of reflection or recollection.
A discussion of the fraternities apostolates.
This is time of great reward for the fraternity members. It is the most important part of the Franciscan meeting.
A group discussion lead by the Formation Director is a time for fraternity interaction.
Formation of candidates is best to take place after the meeting. If it is at another time during the month
it may be difficult to arrange a time for all the candidates.