The mission of JPIC is to assist Professed Secular Franciscans as they reflect
on their relationship with God as manifested in the fruits of conversion in their
lives. This with special regard to the daily choices made in the areas of justice,
peacemaking and respect for all created things and people; as brothers and sisters
of penance, bringing life to the Gospel and the Gospel to life.
From the Rule:
As the Father sees in every person the features of his Son, the firstborn of many brothers
and sisters, so the Secular Franciscans with a gentle and courteous spirit accept all people
as a gift of the Lord and an image of Christ.
A sense of community will make them joyful and ready to place themselves on an equal basis
with all people, especially with the lowly for whom they shall strive to create conditions
of life worthy of people redeemed by Christ. -Chapter 2, Section 13 of The Rule of the
Secular Franciscan Order.
Secular Franciscans, together with all people of good will, are called to build a more
fraternal and evangelical world so that the kingdom of God may be brought about more
effectively. Mindful that anyone "who follows Christ, the perfect man, becomes more of
a man himself," let them exercise their responsibilities competently in the Christian
spirit of service. -Chapter 2, Section 14 of The Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order.
Let them individually and collectively be in the forefront in promoting justice by the
testimony of their human lives and their courageous initiatives. Especially in the field
of public life, they should make definite choices in harmony with their faith.
-Chapter 2, Section 15 of The Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order.
Let them esteem work both as a gift and as a sharing in the creation, redemption, and service
of the human community.
-Chapter 2, Section 16 of The Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order.
In their family they should cultivate the Franciscan spirit of peace, fidelity, and
respect for life, striving to make of it a sign of a world already renewed in Christ.
By living the grace of matrimony, husbands and wives in particular should bear witness
in the world to the love of Christ for His Church. They should joyfully accompany their
children on their human and spiritual journey by providing a simple and open Christian
education and being attentive to the vocation of each child.
-Chapter 2, Section 17 of The Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order.
Moreover they should respect all creatures, animate and inanimate, which "bear the
imprint of the Most High," and they should strive to move from the temptation
of exploiting creation to the Franciscan concept of universal kinship.
-Chapter 2, Section 18 of The Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order.
Mindful that they are bearers of peace which must be built up unceasingly, they should
seek out ways of unity and fraternal harmony through dialogue, trusting in the presence
of the divine seed in everyone and in the transforming power of love and pardon.
Messengers of perfect joy in every circumstance, they should strive to bring joy and hope
to others. Since they are immersed in the resurrection of Christ, which gives true meaning
to Sister Death, let them serenely tend toward the ultimate encounter with the Father.
-Chapter 2, Section 19 of The Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order.
Regional JPIC Contact:
For more information on the Region's JPIC initiatives, contact, Jeff Gumz, OFS, via
phone at (920) 866-2005 or via email at