Order of Saint Francis

A Contemporary Expression of Franciscan Tradition within the Anglican Communion

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The Order of Saint Francis (OSF) is an active, Apostolic Christian religious order within the Anglican Communion, in connection with the See of Canterbury. Rather than living in an enclosed communal setting, OSF Brothers live independently in different parts of the world, with ministries based on the needs of their local communities. Members are baptized men who have been confirmed within the Anglican Communion, and who  voluntarily  commit  to  live by a set of professed vows for a term of years or for life.


To get a better understanding of who we are, please visit the 'Vocation' and 'Brothers' pages.

Franciscan Meditation

Admonition 17
Of the Humble Servant of God

Blessed is that servant who is not more puffed up because of the good the Lord says and works through him than because of that which He says and works through others. A man sins who wishes to receive more from his neighbor than he is himself willing to give to the Lord God.

Little Sisters of Saint Clare (LSSC) investiture of new companion

On august 10th the brothers were very happy to join the Little Sisters of Saint Clare for the investiture of Patricia as a companion with their community. Afterwards we sat down for a nice lunch to socialize and had a chance to discuss ministries.

To Serve

Every Friday Br Don and I get bread from a Strack and VanTil's grocery store in Lowell, IN which is about 40 miles away from where we live.  We load the truck and bring the bread to Good Shepherd Church in East Chicago and leave enough bread at the Church to serve the people who go there for help.  Most of the people we serve do not have cars, they live in dangerous areas and can not get to the church due to the distance. We bring the bread out to the neighborhoods where there is need for help, we open the rear hatch and the people start come out.  Next to the bread we place some Bibles, rosaries and pamphlets and if people ask we tell them to please take as much as they need.  We have had people ask us to pray for sick relatives, pray with them, pray for them and their families.  These are the kind of things I was called for.  Serving, feeding, praying, talking and listen to what these people have to say, is inspiring.  The experiences I've had there, talking with children, listening to a proud mom as she introduces me to her children, laughing and just the joy of being with people has really opened my eyes.  We are commanded to love our neighbors and now that I have experienced that love, I am starting to feel God in my heart and my heart is overflowing with love.  I love these people!

-Br Jeff

Taizé: Alleluia 17

 
 

Cosmo Knows Secrets

Cosmo is a dog.  His owner is Anthony.  Cosmo lives with Father Phelps in the apartment attached to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church because Anthony can’t have pets at his apartment.  Cosmo lives his life as most dogs, he is just a little spoiled and he is well loved.  Cosmo knows secrets!  I know that seems like a strange thing to say but let me tell you what I saw.


It was a very warm and muggy Sunday evening in East Chicago Indiana.  Evening prayer was finished and we were finishing up serving dinner in the church basement.  I guess I must have looked a little haggard because Father Phelps asked me to come upstairs and cool off.  No one was waiting to be served and things were winding down so I decided I wouldn’t be missed and joined Father upstairs.  I sat down and watched as Father was giving Popsicles (a real treat) to the children from the neighborhood.  Well it wasn’t just the children there were some adults too.  It’s funny how when an adult gets a treat like that they can light up just like the children do, I had to chuckle to myself at that.

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Personal altars and shrines

Each brother has their own personal altar where they go to pray and meditate. Here we will feature a few of them. As you can see each brother has their own style. There are complex altars with lots of icons, prayer benches and candles to simple prayer spaces featuring a comfortable chair with a cross, bible and book of daily offices.