The Most Reverend Philip Freier tssf, Archbishop of Melbourne,Â was recently interviewed by the ABC Radio National’s Religion Report. In the interview he was asked about his active interaction with the public by being ‘out and about’ on theÂ streets of Melbourne. The interviewer then asked him if this newÂ approach had anything to do with him being a member of the Third Order Society of St Francis. + Freier was very open in his response about how St Francis had been an infuence in his lifeÂ and what it meant to be a tertiary. Â
Rev Ted Witham is the present Minister Provincial of the Third Order Society of St Francis. He has produced a Powerpoint resource on Franciscan Spirituality. Members who deliver talks on Franciscan Spirituality may find this a valuable resource. The file can be downloaded from the resources page or here Franciscan Spirituality
Story Teller Dr Bob Wilhelm was the keynote speaker at the Third Order Society of St Francis Conference held in Perth WA. Bob delivered a fascinating series of talks on storytelling; using familiar Franciscan stories. Conference attendees marvelled as Bob used these familiar stories to not only bring them alive for us, but to show us how story telling can be a means of helping others to explore Franciscan Spirituality in a real and meaningful way.
His series of talks can be downloaded from his conference web site www.patchonahurtingworld.info/
Welcome from the Minister Provincial
We are an Independent Order within the Anglican Church of Australia but are also part of the Society of St. Francis, within which there are three Orders: The Brothers and Sisters of the First Order live a community life under vows and express their dedication to Christ by outward service to others. The Second Order of Sisters is an enclosed contemplative Order in the UK. and US. The Third Order of Sisters and Brothers consists of women and men both lay and ordained who are vowed to a lifelong commitment to Christ and bear witness to the Gospel life in their homes and in the occupations in which they believe God has called them. We are drawn to the examples of St. Francis and St Clare who took to heart the Gospel and followed Christ. Our aim as a Society is to make our Lord known and loved everywhere, to promote the spirit of love and harmony, and to live simply. This is the obedience which the Gospel lays upon us and which shapes our lives and attitudes.
The Rev Ted Witham tssf.