What is The Third Order Society of St. Francis?

The Third Order, Society of Saint Francis (TSSF), whose members are usually called Tertiaries, is the present day expression of the Order of Penitents, founded by Saint Francis of Assisi in the early 13th Century. Francis had already attracted to his own calling many men who became known as Friars Minor, or Lesser Brothers in English. Their mission and ministry was to preach the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ and to make our Lord known and loved everywhere. With his encouragement a woman named Clare had established an enclosed Order of women, and they became known as the Minoresses, or the Poor Clares. The successors to Francis and his Friars, in the twenty-first century Anglican Church, are the brothers of the Society of Saint Francis (SSF) and the sisters of the Community of Saint Francis (CSF), and those of Saint Clare and her Sisters are the Community of Saint Clare (who by tradition use the letters OSC after their name).

There are now more than three thousand members of the Third Order world-wide, and so we are divided into Provinces: Europe (which has more than two thousand members), the Americas, Australia, New Zealand and Africa. The European Province is again divided into Clusters, and each cluster comprises a number of Areas, and within each Area there are local groups. You might be pleased to know that the most important unit in all this is the local group...

(From the TSSF European Province website. You can continue reading here.)

The Third Order Society of St. Francis in the Blackmore Vale -

Area Team:

Area Minister: Els Jolly
Area Formation Guardian: Alan McIntosh
Area Novice Guardian: John Reynolds
Treasurer: Kenneth Lamb
Retreats Secretary: Alison Parris

Local Groups:

Poole Group - Convenor, Ian Jolly
Wareham Group - Convenor, Mike Farley
Weymouth Group - Convenor, Robert Harley
Shaftesbury Group - Convenor, Carol Hibbert
Yeovil Group - Convenor, Kenneth Lamb

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