St. Joseph Fraternity


The St. Joseph Fraterity of the Secular Franciscan Order is a community of men and women, single and married, living and working in various counties of northeastern Pennsylvania. Most of our individual service to the Church happens in the northeast part of the state as well.


We gather in community on the third Sunday of each month. Here's what our typical gathering day looks like:


1:00 p.m.    Initial formation.

2:00 p.m.    Community prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours and Franciscan Crown Rosary

2:30 p.m.    Business meeting.

3:00 p.m.    Continuing formation for all members.

3:30 p.m.    Council meeting.

4:00 p.m.    Meeting concludes.

Oblates of St. Joseph Center

1880 Route 315 | Pittston, Pennsylvania

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 presented by Baldino as a conference on best practices for using the awesome power of sociable and digital media to evangelize and build God's kingdom.

Baldino i...

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 the Franciscan charism into action as they servied meals to more 150 people. Organized by Lisiewski, the event was a successful and fulfilling experience for the...

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...

February 21, 2016


PITTSTON, PENNSYLVANIA - Surrounded by friends and relatives who supported them throughout their formation, John Baldino, OFS, Robert Barral, OFS, Ann McGrath, OFS, and Edward Shirra, OFS made their lifelong profession to the Secular Franciscan Order on Sunday, February 21. The profession took place during Holy Mass in the Chapel at St. Joseph Oblates Center in Pittston at 1:30 p.m. This is where members of St. Joseph Fratern...

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