FRANCISCAN FRIARS of the BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Mary’s Army in Blue
STATEMENT of CHARISM
The Charism of the Franciscan Friars of the Blessed Virgin Mary is to observe the Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to the Rule, Testament and the Life of our Seraphic Father St Francis of Assisi. We observe the Rule of 1223 A.D. as written by St Francis and approved by Pope Honorius III. The character of our Community is the observance of the Rule combined with and joined to the Marian Vow of Total Consecration to the Immaculate. The Marian Vow is the Crowning Jewel of our Vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience.
“GO OUT INTO THE WORLD; PROCLAIM THE GOOD NEWS TO ALL CREATION”(Mk 16:15)
Jesus commissioned His followers to be missionaries of The Way, the Truth and the Life (Jn 14:6). This Commission is entrusted to Religious as being the most effective means for Evangelization. Pope Paul VI comments that Religious embody the Church in Her desire to give herself completely to the demand of the Beatitudes. By their lives they are a sign of total availability to God, the Church and the people of God.
As Franciscan Friars of the Blessed Virgin Mary we always strive to be faithful sons of our Seraphic Father St Francis of Assisi. In order to capture his original ideal and the observance of the Rule, we accept the Testament of St Francis of Assisi to be the pure commentary of the Rule of 1223 A.D.
By our Marian Vow, we intimately unite ourselves to Our Lady so that She might mediate to us the Grace of personal Sanctification. The Marian Vow compels us to more fully participate in Her mission of Universal Salvation. It is our special task to promote devotions to Her Immaculate Heart. As “Penitents from Assisi”, a name used by St Francis, we make reparations for sins committed against Her Immaculate Heart.
Our Blessed Mother, who asked our Founder, Br Francis Mary Johnson, FFBVM to start The Order of Franciscan Friars of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is the sure and safest way to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. She is the cause of our Salvation. She, who brought the Lord into the world, wants to do so again in the hearts of men. With Her help and Guidance and the continued assistance of St Francis of Assisi, we pray we will bring many souls back to Jesus, our Lord and God.
Like our Holy Father St Francis of Assisi, we are faithful sons of the ONE, HOLY, CATHOLIC AND APOSTALIC CHURCH and profess complete and unwavering Loyalty to the MAGESTERIUM, the HOLY FATHER the POPE, all PAPAL TEACHINGS and that of the LOCAL ORDINARIES. As members of the Franciscan Friars of the Blessed Virgin Mary there is NO ROOM for dissents from any Teaching of the Catholic Church. Our life is governed by traditional religious obedience.