SFO General Constitutions:
Profession into the Secular Franciscan Order
Our Permanent Commitment
The Secular Franciscans commit themselves by their profession to
live the Gospel according to Franciscan spirituality in their
They seek to deepen, in the light of faith, the values and choices
of the evangelical life according to the Rule of the SFO:
continually renewed journey of conversion and of formation;
Rule 4, 3:
to the challenges that come from society and from the Church's life
situation, "going from Gospel to life and from life to Gospel;"
— in the personal and communal dimensions of this journey.
Gaining inspiration from the example and the writings of Francis
and, above all, filled with the grace of the Holy Spirit, each day
the brothers and sisters faithfully live the great gift which Christ
has given: the revelation of the Father. They should bear witness
to this faith before all:
— in their family life;
— in their work;
— in their joys and sufferings;
— in their associations with all men and women, brothers and
sisters of the same Father;
— in their presence and participation in the life of society;
— in their fraternal relationships with all creatures.
Profession is the solemn ecclesial act by which the candidate,
remembering the call received from Christ, renews the baptismal
promises and publicly affirms his or her personal commitment to live
the Gospel in the world according to the example of Francis and
following the Rule of the SFO.
Profession incorporates the candidate into the Order and is by its
nature a perpetual commitment.
Perpetual profession, because of
objective and specific pedagogical reasons, may be preceded by a
temporary profession, renewable annually. The total time of
temporary profession may not be longer than three years.
Profession is accepted by the minister of the local fraternity or by
his or her delegate in the name of the Church and of the SFO. The
rite is carried out according to the norms of the Ritual.
Profession does not only commit those professed to the fraternity,
but also, in the same way, it commits the fraternity to be concerned
with their human and religious well-being.
The act of profession is registered and preserved in the records of
the meaning of the SFO Profession and what are the consequences?
Taken from CIOFS list: The International Fraternity
Secular Franciscans make a Profession, the
promise to lead an evangelical life. They don’t enter an
association but rather join a school of sanctity through a
Profession accepted by the Church. Profession is a public
celebration of a personal consecration and commitment to God.
Through the Profession one corresponds to
Christ’s call. Through Profession the Secular Franciscan seeks
the perfection of charity. Such a Profession is by its
nature perpetual. From this moment the professed are linked and
bound to the Order. They become part of a specific Fraternity;
their life acquires meaning within the Fraternity; they serve
their brothers and sisters. The Profession is the basis of
opening one’s heart, taking on activities and service to the
advantage of the Order, of society and of the Church. Evidently,
to make the Profession means assuming a continual pledge of
evangelic conversion. The perpetual professed, according to
their capability and possibility and in the light of the
interests of the Order, cannot be exempt, except for serious
motives, from accepting the positions or functions asked of them
at any level in the Fraternity whenever requested.
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See Ritual SFO, Preface n.
See Ritual SFO, Preface n. 13 ff.; Part I,