The Franciscan Family of Greensboro (FFG) is a Fraternity within the Secular Franciscan Order. The Secular Franciscan Order (OFS) is an official Order within the Catholic Church, established by St. Francis of Assisi himself early in the thirteenth century. Ordinarily we do not live in community; rather, we live with our families and perform our jobs out in the world, gathering in fraternities on a regular (usually monthly) basis. In these fraternities the brothers and sisters, led by the Spirit, strive for ongoing daily conversion, to turn away from sin and to be faithful to the Gospel. We seek, with and only with God’s grace, perfect charity in our secular state, helping one another in this journey closer to Christ, following in the footsteps of St. Francis and St. Clare.
In the United States, there are approximately 700 local fraternities with approximately 14,500 professed members. Each fraternity has a Spiritual Assistant (usually a First Order or Third Order Regular friar but could be a religious, diocesan clergy, or certified lay Spiritual Franciscan) who helps guide the fraternity in its spiritual life through the Fraternity Council.