THE ORDER OF FRANCISCANS<br /><ul><li>The Franciscan Order, whose members are known as Franciscans, is a Roman Catholic mendicant order founded by St. Francis of Assisi in the year 1209.
Francis was born in Assisi (1181/1182 and died in October 3rd, 1226) Ceremonies are held on October 4th, the day of his feast. </li></li></ul><li><ul><li>St. Francis founded three orders: The Friars Minor, The Poor Ladies or Clares, and The Brothers and Sisters of Penance — are generally referred to as the First, Second, and Third Orders of St. Francis.</li></ul>Secular: embraces devout persons of both sexes<br />Regular<br />Friars Minor<br />Friars Minor Conventuals<br />Friars Minor Capuchins<br />
Symbols of Franciscans<br /><ul><li>The Tau Cross”
The Cord or Cordon</li></li></ul><li>The Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi in Assisi, Italy, is the burial place of St. Francis and the mother church of the Franciscan Order.<br />
A Franciscan Convent in Mafra in Portugal.<br />Franciscan friary in Katowice, Poland<br />Franciscan convent at Lopud in Croatia<br />
The Prayer of Saint Francis<br />“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.Where there is hatred, let me sow love;where there is injury, pardon;where there is doubt, faith;where there is despair, hope;where there is darkness, light;and where there is sadness, joy.O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seekto be consoled as to console;to be understood as to understand;to be loved as to love.For it is in giving that we receive;it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen”<br />