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TSSF website project

This website is currently being reviewed, updated and (we hope) improved.

  • If you can’t find something where it used to be, try using the “Search” box near the top right of each page. If that doesn’t help email and let us know about the problem.
  • If you have comments or suggestions about changes we have made or about changes you think would be good, email
  • One of the aims of the website project is to make maintaining and updating the website easier; this should mean that people without much IT expertise could contribute to the work of the web team and we should be glad to hear from Tertiaries who think they might be able to offer some time to this work.

Chris Petrie, March 2017
(on behalf of the web team)

Election result: Provincial Secretary (November 2016)

The Provincial Secretary elect is Martin Allen. He will take up office at the end of the Provincial Chapter in February.

Votes cast:
Martin Allen    229 votes
Garry Ward      153 votes
382 votes out of 1786 possible were cast, 21.39% of those eligible (disappointing but in line with several recent elections).

TSSF owes a debt of gratitude to both candidates for offering themselves for this service.

Chris Petrie, Returning Officer, 12th Nov 2016

Sacred Land – Aberdaron, 7th-9th Oct 2016

A weekend in North Wales on our care for creation is being organized by Tim Higgins TSSF. Details are on the flier linked to this post – click here to see or download it.

Find yourself in this enchanted landscape guided and connected to the life of the Earth’s Great Story with
Martin Palmer, BBC broadcaster and author
Mary Colwell, Film Producer, specialist in nature and the environment

For further details about the weekend programme or to book, contact Tim Higgins,, telephone: 01758 770 303
For advice on accommodation contact Peter Hewlett, Edge of Wales, telephone: 01758 760 652.

Study&Prayer weekend in May 2016

TSSF Study and Prayer Enabling Group event

Freeland Study & Prayer Weekend: Friday 27 to Sunday 29 May 2016

(Old Parsonage guest house of the Community of St Clare, Freeland, Oxfordshire: arrivals late afternoon Friday, departures after lunch on Sunday).

The theme will be Music, Joy & Humility.  Music has been important in Franciscan tradition from Francis himself, who might sing and dance when he was lost for words.  The weekend is intended for those who have an interest in and enjoy music, though no specialist knowledge or performing ability is required.  There will be sessions led by Jeremy Plummer, Andrew Baker and Hugh Beach (all TSSF).  Come prepared to respond to some varying approaches to music as an expression or enhancement of our Franciscan vocation.

For more information, or to enquire about a place, please email putting ‘Freeland 2016’ in the subject line.

We particularly welcome applications from those who have not attended one of these events previously, or who are returning for a second time.  Funding is available to assist anyone for whom costs might prevent attendance.

“Finding Saint Francis”: how to purchase the new film

With our thanks to the many who’ve supported it, the film is now complete. It was premiered at BFI Southbank in London on 5th November, and is now on sale.

We will be sending complimentary copies out to those who donated funds for the film. Due to some data protection issues we may not have everybody’s details, so if you donated monies and do not receive your copy by early December please contact us at

The DVD is available for purchase for £9.99, plus P+P, via the film website:  There are also options to  download or stream the film (for all these, look at the “Shop” menu, and/or at the bottom of the “Trailer” page of the website).

For enquiries, including about private showings of the film or performances of the one man show from Paul Alexander, or if you wish to buy the DVD but not to use online shopping (but please do try) contact Little Portion Films via the website  or email

Lastly tertiaries who do not use email can contact John Wiltshire by phone (ring or text 07717 547672 – ignore the CQC message, and do leave your own message).

Finding Saint Francis, Released 6th November 2015