National Formation

In the table below, you will find Formation Handbooks for use in Initial and Ongoing Formation.

Formation Resource
Guidelines for Initial Formation (2017, CIOFS)
Regional Formation Director Handbook (2018, OFS-USA)
Care and Feeding of Fraternity Councils (2011, from OFS-USA website)

The FUN Manual is the official resource document for Formation in the Secular Franciscan Order in the United States. To download the 2011 FUN Manual in one file, click HERE.
NOTE: Downloads slowly. This is a very large file!

Individual Chapters from the FUN Manual will be placed below in PDF format, as they become available. These have not been modified, and appear just as they appeared in the original FUN Manual. You can view them or print them from here for your own use.

Individual FUN Manual Chapters
Basic Catholic Doctrine
The Nature of the Secular Franciscan Order
The Vocation, Charism and Mission of Secular Franciscans
St. Francis and His Approach to Divinity, Part I
A Brief History of the Secular Franciscan Order and Its Rules

Items for use with the FUN Manual can be found in the table below:

Additional Resouces
Come and See Digests (Revised 2019, OFS-USA)
Notes on Cangelosi’s Profession in the SFO, Forming the Formators Workshop (2011, OFS-USA)

An assortment of videos appropriate for formation can be found HERE. See the “Library” portion of this website for more items.

New formation items are occasionally posted at the OFS-USA website. You can find that page HERE.

There is a formation project in progress at the national level. More information about that is HERE.