About TOSF

The Third Order of Saint Francis, is a third order in the Franciscan order. The preaching of Francis of wanted to join the First Order (friars) or the Second Order (nuns), but this being incompatible with their state of life, Francis found a middle way and in 1221 gave them a rule according to the Franciscan charisma. Those following this rule became members of the Franciscan Third Order, sometimes called tertiaries. It includes religious congregations of men and women, known as Third Order Regulars; and fraternities of men and women, Third Order Seculars. The latter do not wear a religious habit, take vows, or live in community. However, they do gather together in community on a regular basis. “They make profession to live out the Gospel life and commit themselves to that living out the Gospel according to the example of Francis.”

In 1978, the Third Order of Saint Francis was reorganized and given a new Rule of Life by Pope Paul VI.
With the new rule, the name used by the Third Order Secular was changed to the Secular Franciscan Order

Secular Franciscan Order, also known as Brothers and Sisters of Penance.

During his lifetime, many married men and women and even clergy and hermits were drawn to the vision of life offered by Francis, but due to their life commitments they were not able to enter the Friars Minor or the Poor Clare’s. For this reason, he founded a way of life to which married men and women, as well as the single and the secular clergy, could belong and live according to the Gospel. According to the traditions of the Order, the original Rule was given by St. Francis in 1221 to a married couple, Luchesius Modestini and his wife, Buonadonna, who wished to follow him but did not feel called to separate as a married couple.

One of the results of the Oxford Movement in the Anglican Church during the 19th century was the re-establishment of religious orders, including some of Franciscan inspiration. The principal Anglican communities in the Franciscan tradition are the Community of St. Francis (women, founded 1905), the Poor Clare’s of Reparation (PCR), the Society of Saint Francis (men, founded 1934), the Community of St. Clare (women, enclosed), and the Order of St. Francis (men, founded in 2003). There is also a Third Order known as the Third Order Society of St Francis (TSSF).

There is also an order of Sisters of St. Clare in the Puget Sound area of Washington state (Diocese of Olympia), the Little Sisters of St. Clare.

There are also some small Franciscan communities within European Protestantism and the Old Catholic Church. There are some Franciscan orders in Lutheran Churches, including the Order of Lutheran Franciscans, the Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary, and the Evangelische Kanaan Franziskus-Bruderschaft (Kanaan Franciscan Brothers). In addition, there are associations of Franciscan inspiration not connected with a mainstream Christian tradition and describing themselves as ecumenical or dispersed.

In July 2020, the Archbishop Eric Michel postulate to be a member of the Order of Lesser Sisters and
Brothers to Br.Thomas OSFM Franciscan Friar. (Please read The Roots)

The Order of Lesser Sisters and Brothers is a dispersed ecumenical community of men and women
who seek to live out the Franciscan lifestyle. The Order of Lesser Sisters and Brothers is a dispersed
ecumenical Franciscan community similar to the older Third Order model under which most members
live their everyday life in the world. They may be male or female, married, partnered or single, clergy or
lay. There is no discrimination of any sort.

THE ROOTS

Methodist Episcopal Nonconforming 

and 

Independent Catholic Order of

Saint Francis Community Chaplaincy

On July 9, 2020, the Archbishop Eric Michel postulate to be a member of the Order of Lesser Sisters and Brothers to Br. Thomas OSFM Franciscan Friar.

The Roots

  1. Independent Catholicism is a denominational movement of clergy and laity who self-identify as Catholic (most often as Old Catholic
  2. Independent Sacramental Movement
  3. The Mission Episcopate of Saints Francis and Clare a Eucharistic Community in the Liberal Catholic Tradition
  4. The Order of Lesser Sisters and Brothers is a dispersed ecumenical Franciscan community with an “officially” established under Charter from the        
    Mission Episcopate of Saints Francis and Clare
  5. Liberal Catholic Ministry of Eric Michel Ministries International Community Chaplaincy Third Order of Saint Francis

NOTES

Independent sacramental movement
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Independent sacramental movement (ISM) refers to a loose collection of individuals and Christian denominations (including, possibly, some Christo-Pagans and Thelemites) who are not part of the historic sacramental Christian denominations (such as the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox churches) and yet continue to practice the historic sacramental rites independently. Many such groups originated from schisms of these larger denominations, and they claim to have preserved the historical episcopate or apostolic succession, though such claims are frequently disputed or rejected outright by the historic churches of Rome, Constantinople, the Union of Utrecht (Old Catholic), and Canterbury.

Groups cited by ISM adherents as being part of the movement may struggle to demonstrate a historical connection to other denominations apart from a claim to apostolic succession. In addition, some groups which do not claim apostolic succession may sometimes have been claimed by ISM sources as part of their movement.

Groups within the Independent sacramental movement (alternatively known as Independent Catholic, Old Catholic, Liberal Catholic, Autocephalous Orthodox, Free Sacramental, or, sometimes pejoratively, as micro-churches, parallel churches, or episcopi vagantes in the case of their bishops) frequently share the following characteristics:

  • Solitary clergy and small groups
  • Centrality of the sacramental life (especially the Eucharist)
  • A mediatory priesthood mostly composed of volunteers
  • Ordination potentially available to a significant percentage of the membership
  • A flexible or experimental approach to theology, liturgy, and group organizational structure.

The term was popularized in 2005 by John Plummer, in The Many Paths of the Independent Sacramental Movement, although it was used earlier, in 2002 by Richard Smoley, in Inner Christianity, and perhaps first used in the mid-1970s by a short-lived cooperative organization called the Synod of Independent Sacramental Churches. Independent sacramental groups range from the broadly inclusive (including marriage of same-sex couples and the ordination of women) to the socially conservative; also from the traditionally orthodox to the esoteric, although the term is most commonly employed to refer to the liberal
end of the spectrum. While the term “Independent sacramental” originated as an etic description, it has been used increasingly as an emic self-description by members of some of these organizations.

Independent Orthodox, Catholic, and Anglican Movement

The term is actually an expansion of an earlier term: the Independent Orthodox, Catholic, and Anglican Movement. This earlier term was used extensively during many years when many of these groups cooperated, although they were not in formal communion with one another. The majority of these groups’ holy orders and sequences of apostolic succession are derived through mutually common sources, especially Arnold Harris Mathew, Aftimios Ofiesh, Carlos Duarte Costa, and Joseph René Vilatte.

Independent Sacramental or Independent Catholic movement

It remains difficult to define the ISM as an entity and to distinguish it from the closely related Independent Catholic movement; the two terms can sometimes be used interchangeably, to refer to the same groups.

This is a list of self-described Thelemites and other professed adherents, living or deceased, of the philosophy or religion of Thelema, a philosophical and mystical system founded by Aleister Crowley in 1904. Thelema has been described as either or altogether an esoteric, ethical, conceptual, ideological, mystical, occult, philosophical, religious, socio-political, spiritual, and occasionally cultural, psychological, or psycho-spiritual,system.

Eric Michel Ministries International reject all links associated to any organization who practice an esoteric and/or occult worship directly or indirectly.

We admit in the past of using the Universal Life Church, as we are still a member, as well the Universal Life Church Seminary for our administrative purpose only, keeping in mind to stay away from any un-Christian groups of any kinds.


In October of 2020, an investigation was erected following our rejection to be a member of the Progressive Catholic Group on Facebook after been approuve then denied by one the their leader (Bishop).

For this reason, in the note above, that we cancel and void the request to be part of The Order of Lesser Sisters and Brothers.

To be PROGRESSIVE is a set of believes and practices set by Progressive Christianity.org who represents a post-modern theological approach, It developed out of the Liberal Christianity of the modern era, which was rooted in enlightenment thinking. As such, Progressive Christianity is a “post-liberal movement” within Christianity “that seeks to reform the faith via the insights of post-modernism and a reclaiming of the truth beyond the verifiable historicity and factuality of the passages in the Bible by affirming the truths within the stories that may not have actually happened.”

Progressive Christianity is characterized by a willingness to question tradition, acceptance of human diversity, a strong emphasis on social justice and care for the poor and the oppressed, and environmental stewardship of the earth. Progressive Christians have a deep belief in the centrality of the instruction to
“love one another” (John 15:17) within the teachings of Jesus Christ. This leads to a focus on promoting values such as compassion, justice, mercy, and tolerance, often through political activism. Though prominent, the movement is by no means the only significant movement of progressive thought among
Christians.

Progressive Christianity draws on the insights of multiple theological streams including evangelicalism, liberalism, neo-orthodoxy, pragmatism, postmodernism, Progressive Reconstructionism, and liberation theology. The concerns of feminism are also a major influence on the movement, as expressed
in feminist and womanist theologies.

Although the terms Progressive Christianity and Liberal Christianity are often used synonymously, the two movements are distinct, despite much overlap.


Are we independent of the Independent Catholic who are independent of the Romain Catholic???

We do not want to accuse the Order of Lesser Sisters and Brothers of any things and our investigation didn’t lead to a confrontation and avoiding scandal mongering of the order we decide just let them be what they are with out getting involve in their organisation.

What is been a Catholic and can we be progressive?

First according to Wikipedia.org: Catholicism is the traditions and beliefs of Catholic Churches. It refers to their theology, liturgy, morals and spirituality. The term usually refers to churches, both western and eastern, that are in full communion with the Holy See.

Many different denominations (groups) of Christians call themselves “catholic”. Often these groups have special beliefs about their leaders, called bishops. They believe Jesus of Nazareth (whom Christians believe is the Son of God) appointed the first bishops, who appointed future bishops, who eventually appointed each community’s current bishops. This appointing of leaders is called “Apostolic Succession”.

The groups that use the term “Catholic” to talk about themselves are the:

  1. Catholic Church, which is also called the Roman Catholic Church.
  2. Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox
  3. Old Catholic, Anglican, and some Lutheran and other groups

Communities that believe they lost their “Apostolic Succession”, but asked a different community to “ordain” new leaders for them. (“Ordain” or consecrate” is a word for the ceremony that makes a bishop or new religious leader.)

Not all communities believe that other communities use the term “catholic” properly. Also, not all communities believe that the other communities have apostolic succession either. For example, the Catholic Church believes that the Eastern Orthodox have apostolic succession. However, the Catholic Church does not believe that the Anglicans or Lutherans have it.

Eastern Orthodox have similar beliefs about Anglicans and Lutherans. Not all Eastern Orthodox believe that the Catholic Church has apostolic succession. Different members of the Eastern Orthodox churches have different opinions.

However, the Anglicans and Lutherans generally believe that all Christians are part of the “catholic” church. These groups have a very different understanding of the term “Catholic

Catholic Tradition stands with Scripture in forming the one single deposit of the Faith. For Catholics, Sacred Tradition is not in opposition to Scripture: they compliment and confirm one another.

What is different from mainstream Protestants

  1. Catholics believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist (this is called Transubstantiation).
  2. Roman Catholics believe God forgives sins through the sacrament of reconciliation (penance), which is performed through a priest, while most Protestants do not believe in the sacrament.
  3. Roman Catholics believe it is important to live by Scripture and Tradition, which the teaching of the Church’s Magisterium (the bishops in communion with the Pope) come from, while most Protestants believe in Sola Scriptura (the Bible alone)
  4. Roman Catholics believe that papal authority (in very specific, solemn occasions called “ex Cathedra”) and the Bible are infallible, while most Protestants believe in an infallible Bible but not an infallible Pope. Papal infallibility has been declared twice in the history of the Catholic Church. Once to state that Mary was conceived without sin and another to state that Mary was assumed into heaven body and soul.
  5. The Bible Roman Catholics use often include a few texts that are usually not used by Protestants. The best known are called the Deuterocanonical books.
  6. Roman Catholics venerate saints, especially the Virgin Mary (Mother of God). “Venerating saints” means that Roman Catholics give special honor to saints (people in heaven) because they believe that saints can pray for them directly to God. Many Protestants do not, because they regard “venerating saints” as “worshiping saints”.   Because they believe that only God should be worshipped, they do not venerate. Many Protestants also simply do not  believe that any veneration is necessary.
  7. Catholics have an elaborate mariology, while most Protestants do not.

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