How effective is membership of the Third Order of the Society of St Francis in nurturing Franciscan spirituality as a way of life?

 

This paper documents the findings of research carried out by Denise Mumford into the effectiveness of the TSSF in nuturing a Franciscan way of life. Chapter 1 examines the probable intentions of St Francis himself in founding his Third Order, the Order of Penitents. Chapter 2 examines the structures currently in place for the support of members of TSSF in their spiritual lives. Chapter 3 discusses Lifelong Formation within the Order, especially in relation to the needs of professed Tertiaries, and also whether the Order is effective in nurturing Franciscan spirituality as a way of life.

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