The Franciscan Order Is Recognized by the Pope Francis of Assisi led his disciples to Rome in 1209. There, he was granted an audience with the Pope and begged for permission to establish a new religious order. The pope agreed, and on August 16, 1210, the first Franciscan missionaries set out for Egypt where they hoped to convert the Muslims.
St. Francis was born into a wealthy family in Assisi, Italy in 1181. His father, also named Francis, was one of the most influential people in Assisi at the time. Young Francis was educated by Catholic priests and studied literature and science. He also learned how to manage money well since his father owned many farms that needed to be worked by laborers.
When Francis was about twenty-five years old, he decided to dedicate himself to God full time. So, he left Assisi and traveled around Europe seeking opportunities to do good works and help the poor. When he reached Egypt, news had just arrived that Saint Louis had been killed in a battle with a Muslim leader named Salah-ad-Din. This news made Francis hope that now was a good time to begin his mission there.
After spending several months traveling across Egypt, Palestine, and Syria, Francis and his companions finally reached Constantinople (now Istanbul, Turkey).
A Franciscan is a member of a Roman Catholic monastic order founded by St. Francis of Assisi in the early 13th century. The Franciscan order is one of the church's four main mendicant orders, with members striving to nurture the values of poverty and mercy.
The other three main mendicant orders are the Dominicans, Carmelites and Jesuits. There are many other religious communities within the church that are not considered mendicants. These include monks and nuns who live in monasteries or abbeys as well as priests who serve churches but do not live in community (they can be assigned to parishes). There are even a few Islamic communities led by men who follow the spiritual guide of a living saint. They too can be classified as mendicants.
St. Francis of Assisi was born in 1181 into a wealthy family in southern Italy. He showed an interest in helping people from an early age and by the time he was twenty-five had decided to leave home to become a hermit. For the next five years he lived among the wild animals in the forests near Assisi where he learned to love God and abandon himself to his will. At the age of thirty-one he heard about some Muslim soldiers who were suffering great hardship while trying to convert Jews in Spain.
Friars of the Franciscan Order Saint Francis of Assisi was a Catholic monk who chose a life of poverty for a life of luxury. He founded the Franciscan Order of Friars and the Order of the Poor Ladies for women. In 1182, Francis was born in Assisi, Italy.
Franciscan Orders Francis is widely regarded as one of the most revered religious personalities in Roman Catholic history. He established the Franciscan orders, which included the Poor Clares and the laity Third Order.
Francis of Assisi's teaching and example drew so many married men and women to the First Order (friars) or the Second Order (nuns), but because this was incompatible with their condition of life, Francis discovered a medium road and, in 1221, offered them a rule based on the Franciscan charism. This way, any Christian man or woman who desired it could follow Christ in poverty.
The Third Order is sacramental and its members are called "Brothers" or "Sisters." They can be ordained priests or nuns when they join the order and live according to its rules. The order is also associated with various other ministries such as those of missionaries and teachers.
However, unlike the First Order which is permanent, the Third Order is temporary. When the conditions that brought about its creation are no longer present, the member must leave the order by submitting a written request to the provincial office. If she or he wishes to remain within the order, then another commitment has to be made.
For example, a brother or sister may wish to stay within the order but not live under religious vows. So, for example, he or she could pledge to serve in some capacity within the community for a certain number of years after leaving the monastery. Alternatively, he or she could volunteer for a mission and then return to the monastery where he or she would be received back into the order.
Franciscans/Founders of Saint Francis of Assisi
Francis of Assisi created the Order of Friars Minor (commonly known as the Franciscans, the Franciscan Order, or the Seraphic Order; postnominal abbreviation: OFM) in 1209.
Since Innocent III's initial informal acceptance of Francis's order of mendicant friars in 1210, his order of mendicant friars has grown fast throughout Italy. In 1223, the order was legally authorized. Under the auspices of St Francis, a sister order for nuns led by St Clare was established at Assisi in 1212. She called her followers "Franciscan Sisters" (or "Sisters of Saint Francis").
In 1225, both orders were united under one head with jurisdiction over both men and women. In 1232, they split up into three separate branches: the Franciscans for men, the Dominicans for men, and the Carmelites for women. The mendicants are responsible for evangelizing warsuits and holding daily mass among other things.
The first French monkish order was the Order of Cistercians founded in 1098 by Robert of Molesme. It was later followed by others such as the Hermits of St Victor (1115), the Austin Canons (1127) and the Premonstratensians (1128). These orders all had common rules that specified the way monks or nuns should live. In addition to this, each order had its own special customs which could not be changed without violating the spirit of their foundation.
The first American monastery was St Augustine's Abbey in North Carolina which was founded by French priests in 1738. Today, there are approximately 30,000 members of religious communities in America.