Becoming a Franciscan
The Franciscan Charism The origin of the Franciscan charism lies within the Church of the time of Saint Francis. Our charism is firstly to live the Gospel and then to express this concretely in a variety of different kinds of work, but with a special attentiveness towards the poor and marginalised – those who are considered of little value by our society.The Third Order was born from Francis' commitment to open new ways for men and women who wanted to 'do penance' following his preaching and the example of his life. The Order of Penitents gave rise to groups of brothers and sisters of penance inspired by his experience of the evangelical life.
Francis felt in some way responsible to strengthen them in their commitment and to associate them with his own vocation to restore the Church.