The Secular Franciscan Order holds a special place in this family circle. It is an organic union of all Catholic fraternities scattered throughout the world and open to every group of the faithful. From the Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order
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St. Francis saw the abundant love of God flowing through all of Creation -- and responded to that love by reaching out to all people: rich & poor, nobility & lowly, people of different cultures, races, and religions. We are called to do the same, both though and beyond our own Franciscan community.