The Franciscans of the Holy Cross (O.F.C.) a self-governing (Independent/Autocephalous) Ecumenical Franciscan
Order in North America. We are not under the jurisdiction of the Roman Church or any other Church, but are
fully Catholic in faith and tradition.
We are Franciscans men and women, who live and work together in a common journey
of faith and service. We're building a new Franciscan family, and are seeking people who desire a deeper relationship with
God and humanity through a life of prayer, fraternity and devoted service to Jesus Christ. We are a open and loving Order
that does not discriminate on the basis on age, gender, racial, ethnic or national origin, physical capabilities, marital
status, sexual orientation/personal affection, employment or work history, education, social status. We believe that we are
the Children of God and are all equal in God's eyes. In every way, we strive to be an open and welcoming Franciscan family.
Order is generally a non-residential Religious Order, which means that most of our Franciscans do not all live in a monastery,
friary or convent. We do not require our members to give up their jobs, or move away from their home, friends and families,
or make a financial or life changing sacrifice to belong to our Order. In doing so, our Franciscans remain self-supporting
and live, work and perform their individual Franciscan mission within their own hometown communities surrounded my their friends
Our way of life is proscribed in our Rule of Life, which is based on the Original Rule, established in
1221, for the First Order of Franciscans (originally called the Order of Friars Minor). We strive to lead our lives according
to the words and works of Jesus Christ, and by the example, ideals and spirituality of our fraternal father Saint Francis
We endeavor to live the evangelical life of the Gospels of Jesus Christ as proscribed by our Founder, St.
Francis of Assisi under the vows of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience. These are the traditional three vows of most Catholic
Religious Orders and we take them very seriously and yet interpret them in a modern way. We are obedient to the Rule
and Constitution of The Franciscan Order of the Holy Cross (O.F.C.) and to those officers and administrators that
we elect to help guide our work and ministries within the Franciscans of the Holy Cross (O.F.C.) as outlined in our Rule and
Therefore our traditional Vows can be understood by the following:
equals SIMPLICITY of life in all things.
CHASTITY equals LOVE.
All Christians are called to be chaste in their relationships.
OBEDIENCE equals JOY.
We find great JOY in living the Rule of our Order, and being obedient to our elected members in
the Franciscans of the Holy Cross (O.F.C.). We know that such leaders come "Not to be served but to serve" for the good of
the Order. We therefore do not take titles in Religion other than 'Brother or Sister" to show our equality in Christ Jesus
and in the Franciscan Way of Life!
As Franciscans living in today's World, our mission is to continue the work which
began when Our Lord spoke to our fraternal father, Saint Francis of Assisi, as he prayed before the cross in the ruins of
the Church of San Damiano, saying:
"Repair My House, which has fallen into disrepair."
We strive to reach out
and serve all of God's Children and to overcome the many problems which have divided Christians and people of all faiths.
Our goal is build a community where all are welcome for who they are and are all seen as equals, as they are in the eyes of
God. We look forward to the day that all of God's Children can live in harmony, peace and faith.
The Franciscans of the Holy Cross is a self-governing Ecumenical Order open to all Christians that wish
to be a part of our Franciscan Chrism.