Welcome to the Mount Saint Sepulchre Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order.

Our fraternity meets on the third Sunday of the month unless announced otherwise. There will be no meeting in June or December. The next meeting will be on July 16. In October we have our annual Open House. Meetings are open only to members and those in formation.

Recent News

  • Dorothy Clayton d20172-Jun-2017 – Member Dorothy Clayton passed away. Her funeral was held on June 8 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church.
  • 31-May-2017 – Fr. Bill Winkler, OFM, a friar of the Holy Land, passed away.
  • 22-May-2017 – The May edition of Up To Now is available online.
  • 21-May-2017 – The fraternity welcomed into Inquiry phase Mary Gigliotti and Bennett Solberg. A member gave a presentation on the apparitions at Fatima, the promises, and the two new saints fo the Church.
  • 20-May-2017 – Member Phil Melore passed away after being in a coma for several days.
  • Theresa Wilson (d.2017)16-May-2017 – Member Theresa Wilson passed away. Her funeral was held at Holy Comforter - St. Cyprian's Church on Wed, May 24.
  • 23-Apr-2017 – The fraternity welcomed into the Inquiry phase Joseph Gigliotti.Marianne Hughes (d 2017)
  • 28-Feb-2017 – Longtime member Marianne Hughes passed away peacefully. Her memorial service was attended by fraternity members.
  • 19-Feb 2017 – Member Mary Jo gave a presentation on an alternate way to meditate on the Stations of the Cross; thank you, Mary Jo! Members discussed Franciscan aspects of our passing, how St. Francis referred to it as Sister Death. We also rejoiced at the news that we have Fr. Jim Gardiner, S.A., as our new Spiritual Assistant.
  • Helene Hogan (d 2017)19-Jan-2017 – Helene Hogan, a former Secretary of our fraternity, passed away today. Please keep her in your prayers. The Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on February 3, 2017, at Holy Face Catholic Church, 20408 Point Lookout Rd., Great Mills, MD. Inurnment immediately following service at Church Cemetery. Read her obituary online.
  • profession class 201620-Nov-2016 – With great joy the fraternity witnessed the profession of new members Michele Dunne, Wendy Enderson and Frank Klem. After a three year course of learning about St. Francis, Franciscan spirituality, and the Secular Franciscn Order they made their public commitment. Congratulations to all!
  • Br Lawrence Bode (d)25-Sep-2016 – Today Friar Lawrence Bode, OFM, passed away about 1am in the morning in Bethlehem after 46 years of faithful service to the Custody of the Holy Land. The Guardian of the Monastery, Fr. Larry, offered the noon Mass for him. Br. Lawrence always had a smile, a great (if dry) sense of humor, has worked tirelessly in Bethlehem for many years, and has made the Milk Grotto a regular stop on pilgrimages there; see his YouTube video, as well as an obituary (scroll down for English translation). Please keep Br. Lawrence in your prayers.
  • 18-Sep-2016 – The fraternity had its regular Fraternal Visitation. Bob Longo, of the St. Margaret of Cortona Region's Executive Council, met with Council and fraternity members. Fr. Jim Gardner, SA, spoke to fraternity members about ways in which they can assist the Monastery and the friars.
  • 16-Sep-2016 – Odette Nicolas, mother of member Fritz Nicolas, passed away a week ago. Her funeral was today. Please keep her and Fritz in your prayers.
  • 21-Aug-2016 – Larry Bleau was elected Vice Minister to fill an unexpected vacancy, and Adele Lewis was chosen as the replacement Formation Director. Adele also gave her first report as chair of the fraternity’s new JPIC committee (Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation). Members then broke into groups to discuss various aspects of the fraternity.
  • 17-Jul-2016 – Minister J. Patrick Enderson reviewed with members the new committee structure, after which members discussed in small groups ways to improve the fraternity’s ministries.
  • 19-Jun-2016 – There was no fraternity meeting this month so members could celebrate Fathers Day with their families.
  • 15-May-2016 – After opening prayers, the fraternity took the extraordinary step of not holding its regular meeting: instead, we attended the Franciscan Monastery's Spring Fling luncheon. By doing so, the fraternity and its members provided financial and moral support to our hosts.

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