Contact Us


Joseph McKenna, OFS      Minister

Evelyn Lehr, OFS       Vice Minister

Debra Kubeck      Councilor

Francis (Frank) Cryan, OFS      Treasurer

Penny Gleeson     Secretary

Mary-Frances Reavey, OFS      Formation Director

Contact Us:

Meeting Place

St. Matthias Church
Parish Office – de Porres Room
168 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Somerset NJ 08873

Meeting Time

10:00am 3rd Saturday of the month
Please check here to see if meetings are cancelled due to weather.
Meetings planned for 2022  Initial Formation being planned – probably held on zoom

All meetings at St Matthias

January 15

Feb 19

March 19

April  23- (the 16th is Holy Saturday)

May 21

June 18

July 16

August 20 no meeting

September 17 is in the middle of the Retreat weekend – on ZOOM this year 9/16-17

meeting now September 10

October 3rd Transitus Monday night

October 15 Rite of Admission for Lori and Marissa

Nov 19

December Christmas Lunch 12/3?

The Process

The process of becoming a professed Secular Franciscan is a journey that involves three separate stages and culminates in a lifelong commitment to live the gospel following the example of St. Francis of Assisi. This formation process unfolds in regularly scheduled formation sessions during which the home study material is thoroughly discussed.

The first stage, Orientation, provides time for dialogue and developing relationships in fraternity. During Orientation you will be introduced to the lives of St. Francis and St. Clare and share in Franciscan prayer life. You will be given general information about the Secular Franciscan Order. Orientation is a time to discern if the Spirit is calling you to a Secular Franciscan vocation. The period of Orientation is a minimum of three months.

The second stage, Inquiry, is the first formal period of initiation. It is a time of in-depth study of the lives of St. Francis and St. Clare. During Inquiry you will learn about the Franciscan charism and Franciscan history. You will deepen your understanding of what it means to be secular and Franciscan, and you will continue to discern if the Spirit is calling you to the Secular Franciscan way of life. The period of Inquiry is a minimum of six months. If a vocation is discerned, the Inquirer is received into the Order.

The third stage, Candidacy, is the final formal period of initiation. It is a time of preparing for permanent commitment by immersion into fraternity life. Central to this stage of formation is Article 4 of The Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order which states, “The rule and life of the Secular Franciscan is this: to observe the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ by following Saint Francis of Assisi, who made Christ the inspiration and the center of his life with God and people.” The period of Candidacy is a minimum of eighteen months and culminates in permanent commitment to the gospel life.

After profession of the Rule and permanent commitment to the gospel way of life, the newly professed member joins the rest of the fraternity in ongoing formation.

Not a Catholic?

To become a Secular Franciscan, you must be an actively practicing Catholic (of any of the rites in union with Rome). If you are Anglican/Episcopalian, please visit the Third Order Society of St. Francis. If you are a member of another Christian denomination or simply prefer an ecumenical Franciscan community, please visit the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans.