September 11, 2017

Brothers and Sisters,

Please pray for all those in the path of Hurricane Irma. As with Hurricane Harvey, a great number of our own brothers and sisters are in harm's way over the next few days.  The rescue teams are worn out and supplies, including gasoline, batteries, bottled water, etc. are already depleted. They really need all the prayers that can be offered.

Kate Kleinert, OFS
Minister, St. Katherine Drexel Region

August 16, 2017

Below is a message from National Minister, Jan Parker, OFS, calling Secular Franciscans to unite in prayer in a way that St. Francis practiced - the Lent of St. Michael.

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

This past week set us on our knees asking God’s mercy on our own country, on North Korea and on the whole world. Now our country is again shaken and saddened by violence and hatred, this time by the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Again we are on our knees, asking our loving God to bring peace and...

August 14, 2017

ST LOUIS, MO -- The U.S. Secular Franciscan Order’s Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission (JPIC) is urging the world community “to use prayer, caution, wisdom, earnest discernment and patience” before responding to recent developments on the Korean peninsula. It called nuclear threat or use a “crime against humanity."

Here is the full statement issued after its JPIC Animate Peace Gathering held July 27-30 in St. Louis, MO.

“We, the National Commission of Justice, Peace and Integrity...

July 10, 2017

LAFLIN, Pa. – Secular Franciscans in greater Scranton/Wilkes Barre have a new leadership team. On June 25, Kate Kleinhart, OFS, Regional Minister of the Order’s St. Katherine Drexel Region appointed a new leadership council to St. Joseph Fraternity. They are the following:

Minister and Formation Director. Jim Gaffney, OFS, MS. Professed to the Secular Franciscan Order in 2006, Gaffney has served as council secretary, formation director, and minister. He holds a Master of Science degree in Manpowe...

January 13, 2017

Pax et bonum!

All members will gather on January 15 at 1:30 p.m. in the Chapel for prayer. The Fraternity Meeting and ongoing Formation will follow.

APOSTOLATE: As previously announced, this month we will be collecting Sweet/Low Sweetener for St. Vincent Soup Kitchen.

We are asking 100% participation for this effort from our active members. If you

are not attending the meetings please purchase the items for that month and

bring to the next meeting or drop them off at Theresa or Jim’s house.

The Annual...

December 20, 2016

In our ongoing commitment to help supply St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen, we will be collecting Sweet'N Low in January. Please bring what you can to our fraternity meeting on January 15.

December 14, 2016

Order of Franciscans Secular

St Joseph’s Fraternity –Local

St Katharine Drexel -- -Philadelphia

WHAT: Fraternity Meeting

WHERE: Oblates of St. Joseph

DATE: December 18, 2016

A Blessed and Merry Christmas to all!

All members will gather on December 18 at 1:30 p.m. in the chapel for prayer.

There will be a short meeting and Christmas party afterwards. All we ask is that

you bring your own refreshment.

APOSTOLATE: This month we will be collecting SUGAR for the Soup Kitchen.

We are asking 100% participation...

May 20, 2016

Let us serve him with great humility.

In our continuing effort to perform corporal works of mercy, each month there will be an item for us to bring to our meeting for the soup kitchen.

May 20, 2016

June 4, 2016

Council Meeting at 10:30 a.m.



June 19, 2016

Fraternity Meeting and Community Prayer at 1:30 p.m. 



September 18, 2016

Council Election


Please submit nominations for all council positions to the nominating committee as soon as possible.



May 11, 2016


During the summer months, many migrant workers that come to our area. A project is called “Friends of the Field” assists these workers with basic necessities. These people are under the care of a person from our diocese who takes it upon herself to pick up from the churches supplies that are desperately needed.


As a Franciscan Fraternity, we will also partake of this effort.


The migrant workers are in need of the following items:

  • Bath Towels...

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