The Order of Friars Minor, founded by St Francis of Assisi, is a Fraternity.
The friars, fulfilling their baptismal consecration and responding to the divine call, abandon themselves totally to God supremely loved, with the profession of obedience, poverty and chastity, to be lived according to the spirit of St Francis.
The Friars Minor, inserted in the people of God, attentive to the new signs of the times and responding to the conditions of the changing world, should always be faithful to the Church’s understanding, share its initiatives and proposals, and support them according to their abilities.
Our entire Fraternity is missionary and participates in the mission of the Church, according to the example of St Francis and his will expressed in the Rule. Therefore, each friar, aware of his responsibility, should assume his part in this missionary work.
In the name of the Lord, the life of the Friars Minor begins.
The rule and life of the Friars Minor is this, namely, to observe the holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, living in obedience, without anything of one's own and in chastity. Br Francis promises obedience and obedience to the Lord Pope Honorius and his canonically elected successors and to the Roman Church. And the other friars are bound to obey Br Francis and his successors.
To observe the holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
The Order of Friars Minor, founded by St Francis of Assisi, is a fraternity in which, through religious profession, the friars, following Christ more closely, moved by the Holy Spirit, give themselves totally to God loved above all things, living the Gospel in the Church, according to the form observed and proposed by St Francis.