The chapel of St Mary of the Angels in Assisi, Italy, was very dear to St Francis. It was there that he recognised his vocation, received St Clare’s vows, preached the Portiuncula Indulgence and where he passed from this life into the next.
St Francis sent his friars into the world to announce by living and preaching the good news. His mandate also implies that the friars place themselves at the service of the local church in parish ministry. This form of evangelisation is in accordance with the Franciscan charism—especially in regards to fraternity and minority. These two principles are the hinges in Franciscan Spirituality, which was why St Francis called the Order “Friars Minor”, meaning “lesser brothers”.
The spirit of St Francis lives on in our parish, named after the chapel in Assisi. As friars and lay parishioners, we strive to be:
- Witnesses and servants of the Word (martyria)
- Adorers in spirit and truth with all of creation (liturgia)
- Signs and workers for Communion (koinonia)
- Content to be among the poor and promoters of peace (diakonia)
- Sent to the whole world (missio)
To better understand St Francis and the Franciscan Order, please visit www.franciscans.sg
Reference: Sent to Evangelise in Fraternity and Minority in the Parish, Secretariat General for Evangelization, Order of Friars Minor, Rome 2009. Image: The photograph at the top of this page depicts the Tau cross. Tau, written as a “T”, is the last letter in the Hebrew alphabet and recalls verses from the Bible where God’s faithful are marked with this saving sign. The symbol was used in the early Church and adopted by St Francis as his personal monogram. The Tau cross has become a symbol of the Franciscan community.