Secular Franciscan Order
The Secular Franciscan Order (SFO), formerly known as the Third Order of St. Francis, is an official Order within the Catholic Church, established by St. Francis of Assisi himself early in the thirteenth century. The Fraternity was canonically established, in the Archdiocese of Miami, under Archbishop Favalora during the assignment of Fr. Bill Linares and two Franciscan Brothers here at St. Mary’s in 1996. Despite the eventual re-assignment of these devoted men, the Fraternity has continued to meet regularly and in 2016 will joyfully celebrate twenty years of continual service.
The Stella Maris Fraternity of the Secular Franciscans meet regularly at the Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea in the Convent Renewal Center, on the second Sunday of each month at 2:00 PM. However, please note that once construction on the Renewal Center begins in the fall of 2015, the Fraternity will move the location of their meetings to the Knights of Columbus Hall (located behind the church and adjacent to the school cafeteria).
If you are interested in joining this Fraternity, or in learning more about the Secular Franciscans, please contact Jean Maun at 305 296 7395.All are welcome to find the simple love of Jesus that so animated St. Francis.