SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER (OFS). ST. LEO IBARAGI FRATERNITY at FRANCISCAN CHAPEL CENTER
Don’t you want to make a permanent commitment to evangelical life and live the Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ after the example of Saint Francis of Assisi?
Secular Franciscan Order (OFS) is the answer for brothers and sisters who are searching for the right vocation.
Secular Franciscans are people who have been attracted and captivated by the Spirit of Saint Francis and St. Clare. We believe that the call to follow St. Francis is a gift from God who loves us.
We come together in fraternity to pray, reflect on our Franciscan charism, and socialize.
We seek always to deeper our understanding of our call to follow Christ in the spirit of Saint Francis and St. Clare. Our Fraternity becomes our extended family, where we experience the love and support of our brothers and sisters.
Our Spiritual Assistant is Fr. Reynaldo Legayada, OFM, at the end of February 2019 he was assigned to St. Francis of Assisi Church in the Catholic Sapporo Diocese, he remained in our fraternity as the distant Spiritual Assistant but in December of 2021 he stepped down from the office.
STEPS FOR ENTERING THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER
A profession in the Order is not automatic but there are three (3) steps toward full membership.
The first step is a period of initiation which normally takes 3 months, Aspirants are given basic information on the personal and fraternal life of Franciscans.
The second step is a period of initial formation or novitiate, which lasts for roughly 18 months, At the end of the Initial Formation, with the consent of the Fraternity Council, candidates are admitted to the profession.
The newly Professed Secular Franciscan will start to witness the gospel life as his or her vocation, a gift given by God, a journey toward the greater holiness and deeper happiness in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Professed members share and offer prayers, and give encouragement to one another. We live a life of humility and the love of God. We are the visible sign of the church. Franciscan way of life is a daily conversion.
Our latest new professed member is Sr. Anna Liza L. Pilien, she made a perpetual profession of the Rule of the Franciscan Order which was celebrated by the FCC Pastor Fr. Russell Becker, OFM, last January 17, 2021, at the Franciscan Chapel Center.
Secular Franciscan Order (OFS) REVISED Schedule of Regular Activities due to COVID-19 Pandemic
Our Fraternity meets every 1st Sunday of the month Ongoing Formation Meeting from 9:00 AM to 12:00 NN
and 3rd Sunday Monthly meeting from 10:00 AM to 12:00 NN
OFS SOCIAL AND WELFARE SERVICES
The Fraternity support and takes part in the FCC Rice Program as one of the regular outreach programs in the parish.
Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the FCC Rice Program has been stopped.
We participate in the ECO Cup Movement in which the Fraternity collects pet bottle cups and ships them for recycling to save the children in the third world countries, from polio and other contagious diseases. (800 cups is equivalent to 1 vaccine.)
We support the Franciscan Deaf and Mute Foundation in Manila, the Philippines, headed by Fr. Apolonio Sato Hozo, OFM, and the Maryknoll Alcohol and Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Center (MAC/DAR) initiated by the late Fr. Roy Assenheimer, MM.
All Fraternity members serve at least one weekend Masses (Saturday 5:00 PM Mass) (Sunday 9:00 AM Mass / 11:00 AM Mass / 5:00 PM Mass) as lay ministers (Lectors/ Extra-ordinary ministers of holy communion,/Choir members)
November 25, 2019, 6 professed members of the fraternity took part in the Liturgical celebration presided by Pope Francis at Tokyo Dome.
- October 1-10, 2011 = (To Assisi and Rome – Accompying Priest, Fr. Jose Gloria Rodriguez
- August 31- September 2, 2014 = Trip to North , East of Japan
- July 18 – 28, 2016 = To Holy Land / Jerusalem
- April 21 – 24, 2018 = Goto Island, Nagasaki, Japan ( Local Churches and The Monument of Christian Persecution and Martyrdom)
- October 10 – 20, 2019 = To Assisi and Rome – Accompanying Priest- Fr. Frank Critch, OFM – Director, Catholic Center, University of Georgia (UGA
Our latest OFS Pilgrimage was to Assisi and Rome in October 10 to October 20, 2019, organized by Bret Thoman, OFS Saint Francis Pilgrimages of the United States, with Fr. Frank Critch, OFM Director, Catholic Center, University of Georgia (UGA) as the accompanying priest.
WELCOMING VISITORS TO THE FCC
OFS MISSION STATEMENT ( 2020 – 2023) “LIVE THE GOSPEL FOR OTHERS”
For those parishioners who do not want to remain in mediocre religiosity but desire to grow in faith and the Franciscan Spirituality, please get in touch with the minister or members of the OFS Local Fraternity in the FCC Parish.