Becoming Franciscans in Spirit
Founded in 2007, the Assisi Project is an international fellowship of ‘Franciscans in Spirit’ with friends and followers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Africa. We are dedicated to helping Christian believers of all ages to more faithfully live the Gospel of Christ in the spirit of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi. In solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Third Order of Saint Francis, we profess the vision of the Poor Man of Assisi through the following creed which was established by the 1969 Assisi Third Order Congress:
Inspired by the vision of Saint Francis,
we commit ourselves to the Gospel as our way of life.
Our worldview is centered in Christ;
we see Jesus Christ as the beginning, the way, and the goal of all creation.
This world vision reveals to us a God who is Father and a life which is love.
This demands of us a life as brothers and sisters of all people and of creation.
We are on pilgrimage, trying to reach our Father, trying to live a life of love.
We have not yet arrived; we are sinners, but we are called to be saints.
As sinners, weak human beings, we must undergo a continuing conversion,
returning always to the Father as prodigal sons and daughters.
Christ was poor and Christ was crucified;
we seek to share in his poorness and in his suffering.
We further commit ourselves to the service of the poor.
In making our way through life, we are guided by simplicity, humility, and littleness
rather than by power, prestige, and status.
Like Christ, like Francis, we seek to become instruments of peace, peacemakers.
Acknowledging the guiding presence of the Holy Spirit,
we declare our loyalty to the Church
in a spirit of dialogue and cooperation with her ministers and shepherds.
We are conscious of our obligation to share in the life and mission of the Church.
We are lay apostles called by Christ to continue his work on earth.
Our life and our spirituality is characteristically secular; in the world and for the world.
Joy sustains our lives, fulfills our living: we seek the same for others.
To achieve all this is difficult; hence we declare our need for Christ’s Eucharist,
and for personal, communal, and liturgical prayer. Amen!
Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us!
Saint Clare of Assisi, pray for us!
Our Lady of Angels, pray for us!
Founded in 2007, the Assisi Project is an international fellowship of ‘Franciscans in Spirit’ with friends and followers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Africa. We are dedicated to helping Christian believers of all ages to more faithfully live the Gospel of Christ in the spirit of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi. In 2017, in celebration of our 10th anniversary, we will lead our annual fall pilgrimage to Assisi; meet monthly for Mass, faith formation, and faith sharing; and offer adults several opportunities to experience a Franciscan-style “hermitage retreat.” For more information about the Assisi Project and upcoming opportunities for faith formation, prayer, and pilgrimage in the Franciscan spiritual tradition, please contact Cliff Garvey at firstname.lastname@example.org. May the Lord give you peace!
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