Franciscan Connection

"Secular Franciscans, therefore, should seek to encounter the living and active person of Christ

in their brothers and sisters, in Sacred Scripture, in the Church, and in liturgical activity.

The faith of St. Francis, who often said 'I see nothing bodily of the Most High Son of God

in this world except his most holy body and blood,'

should be the inspiration and pattern of their Eucharistic life."

-- Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order, Ch. 2 #5




St. Clare Region Mission Statement

We, the Secular Franciscans of the St. Clare Region, believing in the charism of St. Francis of Assissi,

will follow in his footsteps, center our lives in Christ and bring alive His Gospel to the best of our ability,

under the circumstances in which we live.

We will enfold all the fraternities in our Region as our brothers and sisters,

and we will cooperate in every way to grow closer to each other and to our entire Franciscan family.

Through prayer and action we seek to bring about the kingdom of God,

being faithful to the life and mission of the Church and to the study and practice of our Rule.

Together, and as individuals, we will strive to minister to each other,

and to all who cross our paths with prayer, acts of kindness and charity.

We will initiate and cooperate to bring about social justice and family values,

to promote care and protection of the environment,

to emphasize outreach to youth,

and to advocate better working and living conditions

so that all will come to see and know the love of God.

As Franciscans we travel this journey together

in joy, peace, simplicity, and humility

-- celebrating God in all of creation and in each other.



2010 Candidates -- St. Peter Fraternity

2009 Profession Ceremony

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2006 Inquirers -- St. Peter Fraternity

St. Clare Region Council


For more information about fraternities

in the St. Louis metropolitan area,

please contact:

Sherry Stevenson, SFO

Regional Minister

St. Clare Region



St. Clare Region SFO Fraternities

Followers of St. Francis Fraternity

Springfield, MO

Barbara DePue, SFO

Holy Family

Evansville, IN

Lynda Trogden, SFO

(270) 686-1848

Joyful Servants Newly Forming

Jefferson City, MO

Maureen Gray, SFO

Monte La Verna

Granite City, IL

Johnny Beil, SFO

Our Lady of the Angels
Normandy, MO

Patricia Greiwe, SFO

(636) 946-5760

Poverello Emerging

Rolla, MO

Linda Mertens

San Damiano

Dardenne Prairie, MO

Barb Morgan, SFO

St. Anthony of Padua

St. Louis, MO

Virginia Gregali, SFO

(636) 575-5801

St. Francis of Assisi

St. Louis, MO

Dr. Mary Wainscott, SFO

St. Padre Pio Newly Forming

Cape Girardeau, MO

Celeste Obermiller, SFO

(573) 651-8310

St. Peter

Belleville, IL

Peggy Overmann, SFO



For more information

about nation-wide efforts and organization:

National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order, USA


For more information about the St. Louis area Franciscan Family: