In constant awareness of the virtues of holiness, humility and charity, members of our fraternity serve the people of God in a wide variety of apolotlates. Each member (professed and in formation) is asked to build up the Kingdom of God using his or her own uniques skills, interests, education, training and formation. Individually, we give as often and much as possible of our time, talent and treasure.


Our fraternity members' work is in Catholic education, service to the poor, food service to the hungry, animal welfare, collection of clothing for the needy, media communication, hospice work, and more.


Let them individually and collectively be in the forefront in promoting justice by the testimony of their human lives and their courageous initiatives. Especially in the field of public life, they should make definite choices in harmony with their faith. Let them esteem work both as a gift and as a sharing in the creation, redemption, and service of the human community.


— Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order, 2.15-16


Secular Franciscans serve the people of God in a variety of ways. We each have our own apolstolate work in our parishes and communities that is in line with our talents and interests. We work in religious education and parish life. We work with the sick, dying, hungry and homeless. We work for the welfare of all God’s creatures, including animals.


The advantage to this type of work is that our Order is everywhere. We’re all doing something different and bringing the Franciscan charism of service to God’s people in many places.


Gaining inspiration from the example and the writings of Francis and, above all, filled with the grace of the Holy Spirit, each day the brothers and sisters faithfully live the great gift which Christ has given: the revelation of the Father. They should bear witness to this faith before all:


in their family life;

in their work;

in their joys and sufferings;

in their associations with all men and women, brothers and sisters of the same Father;

in their presence and participation in the life of society;

in their fraternal relationships with all creatures.


— General Constitutions of the

Secular Franciscan Order, 12.1

St. Joseph Fraternity Service Work

Individual Service

Fraternity Apostolates

St. Vicnent DePaul Soup Kitchen

Each month, member of our fraternity donate much-needed food items to the kitchen. 

On Service

August 15, 2018

John Baldino, OFS presented at the national youth convocation for the Polish National Catholic Church on August 26 at the University of Scranton. More than 200 young people from all over the United States enjoyed #Discipleship: Following Christ in the Digital Age prese...

August 15, 2018

On Saturday, July 15, four members of St. Joseph Fraternity spent the day at St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen in Wilkes-Barre feeding the hungry of our community. John Baldino, OFS; Jim Gaffney, OFS; Theresa Lisiewski, OFS; and Ed Schirra, OFS lived the gospel and put...

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.

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 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 ch...

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