Tertius Ordo Regularis Sancti Francisci (TOR)

Tiers-Ordre Régulier de Saint François
Terz'Ordine Regolare di Santo Francesco
Third Order Regular of St Francis

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URL: http://www.franciscanfriarstor.com/

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1221. Fundamental documents of St Francis of Assisi: 'First and Second Letters to the Faithful' (1215 and 1221). A Catholic lay movement of men and women, originating from R-XR4831 - Secular Franciscan Order (SFO), but with time distinct, sharing the primitive potential inspiration of St Francis. Adopted the rule Memoriale Proposti in 1221 which allowed members to live in their own homes as well as in communities. Recognized and approved by Papal Bull of Pope John XXII, 18 Nov 1323. Centralized, 1447, by Pope Nicholas V with right to elect a Minister General and form statutes. Many Congregations of men and women follow the same TOR Rule approved, 1982, by Pope John-Paul II.


Provide charitable works of mercy; conduct schools, colleges and universities; promote preaching of home and foreign missions; serve in parishes and chaplaincies; assist the Secular Franciscan Order.

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