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The Society of Saint Francis (SSF) is a Franciscan religious order within the Anglican Communion. It is the main recognised Anglican
Franciscan order, but there are also other Franciscan orders in the Anglican Communion.

The Society of Saint Francis comprises the Brothers of the First Order; the Sisters of the First Order; the Sisters of the Second Order; the
Brothers and Sisters of the
Third Order. Francis of Assisi and Clare of Assisi, the founders of the Franciscan movement produced separate
rules for three parallel orders, the First Order were to be
mendicant friars, embracing poverty as a gift from God and living the community life
in the world and serving the poor. The Second Order were to be a parallel community of sisters living a more enclosed life of prayer and
contemplation. The
Third Order was to consist of brothers and sisters not living in community, nor under full monastic vows, but
nevertheless taking simple promises and following a rule of life in the world. These three orders still co-exist as parts of the
Franciscan family.

Within Anglicanism, the Brothers of the First Order are called the Society of Saint Francis (SSF); the Sisters of the First Order are called the
Community of Saint Francis (CSF); the members of the Second Order are called the Community of Saint Clare (OSC); and the Brothers and
Sisters of the Third Order are called the Third Order of the Society of Saint Francis (TSSF).
Glasshampton Monastery
Glasshampton Monastery. Built around 1810 as stables
to a long gone house, the building is now a monastery
and house of prayer of the Society of Saint Francis
Source        From geograph.org.uk
Author        Philip Halling
Philip Halling / Glasshampton Monastery

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