Mother Cabrini Fraternity
of the Secular Franciscan Order
canonically established November 13, 2020

The Secular Franciscan Order was established by St. Francis of Assisi more than 800 years ago. Our purpose is to bring the Gospel to life where we live and where we work. We look for ways to embrace the Gospel in our lives and help others to do likewise. Mother Cabrini Fraternity, located in Anderson, South Carolina, is a local fraternity within this worldwide order.

We began our journey in December 2014, and have gathered monthly since then for Franciscan formation, prayer and sharing. On the feast of St Frances Xavier Cabrini, November 13, 2020, Mother Cabrini Fraternity celebrated its canonical establishment during a Mass at St Mary of the Angels Catholic Church in Anderson, South Carolina.

Who we are


The Secular Franciscan Order (OFS) is a branch of the worldwide Franciscan Family. Some of us are single, some married, most are lay and a few of us are ordained. We work, worship and play in the communities where we live. We are a true religious order and follow the Rule of the OFS.


What we do


Our fraternity is focused upon these four pillars developed by our Region:

– Spirituality – Liturgy of the Hours, Lectio Divina, and other prayers.

– Formation – Study the OFS Rule, the lives of Franciscan saints, etc.

– Fraternity – Share joys, struggles, prayer intentions, and celebrations.

– Apostolate – Serve the Church and the community.


When and where we meet


We gather on the first Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the St Mary of the Angels Parish Hall, located at 1821 White St, Anderson, SC 29624.


Come and See!


Is God calling you to walk in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi? If you have a Franciscan vocation, you probably have a desire to do something more. Perhaps you feel a need for support in growing spiritually. Or, deep down, you sense a need to serve God in a special way. Or, for years, you have felt an affinity with St. Francis. He seems to pop up all around and you just don’t know why. Perhaps, God is calling you!

Getting to know the Secular Franciscans better may be a way to determine if you have a vocation. You’ll have plenty of time to get to know us before you make any commitment.

The process of entering requires a period of orientation and inquiry. During that time, you’ll come to our monthly gatherings and have monthly informal classes. The purpose of this period of initial formation is to discern whether you are called to become a Franciscan.


Some Helpful Links


National Fraternity Web Site

Brothers and Sisters of St Francis Region Web Site

The Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order

The Liturgy of the Hours (Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer)