Jesus' Crown of thorns, symbol of penitential lifestyle. We are committed to living the Franciscan Rule of 1221. We aren't a Third Order but a Lay Catholic Association. ...weaving a crown of thorns,
they placed it on Him. (Mk 15:17)

Welcome to

The BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF PENANCE

 

The Franciscan Association of The Brothers and Sisters of Penance of St.Francis (BSP) has a butterfly as its symbol. The Butterfly means the transforming union that we wish to attain, through a life of prayer, simplicity and self-denial. The BSP mottos are: 'Deny yourself, take your cross and follow me' and 'In the world, but not of it, for Christ'

   of
         St. Francis

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or contact the address at the bottom of this page.

May God bless you and lead you ever more deeply into His Love!

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... in the world, but NOT of it, for Christ!

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A Penitential
Rule of Life
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· Location of Members
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In the Catholic Church
· BSP History
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· Franciscan connection
·  On the Rules of Saint Francis
·  St.Francis Letter to All the Faithful
· The Rule of 1221

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The BSP Roots
· Stella Matutina Blog
· Index of the poems
 Selected pages:
· Wing Song
· Stella Matutina Intro
· Our First Visitor
· Cover of Morning Star
· Morning Star Intro

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· Prayers of the Rule
·  The three little hours of the Office

INQUIRER APPLICATION

Are you interested in knowing more about the Brothers and Sisters of Penance of St. Francis and the penitential lifestyle that St. Francis of Assisi gave us laity in 1221?

If you wish to become a member of our Association to enhance your spiritual life, please click here and complete the on-line Inquirer applicaton form; submit it, and someone will contact you.


Alternatively
you can download the application in Word format, complete and postal mail or email it. To get the form, click here:
Microsoft Word: INQUIRER_APPLICATION.doc Word format

Note: If you double click, it will open in a new window, and you will be able to fill the form, save it in your computer, and send it by email later. If you right click and choose "Save..." you will be able to save the form on your computer for future editing. Don't fill the fields online and email them on the fly. A blank email would be sent.


or you may view and print the form here and send it by mail.
Use your browser to print.

Please email the application to postmaster@bspenance.org
or send by mail to:


Bruce and Shelley Fahey BSP
BSP Headquarters
20939 Quadrant Ave. N.
Scandia MN 55973

No one is expected to be perfect upon entering this Association. Hopefully we can all be led to Christ more perfectly through living its Rule, which is the Rule that St. Francis himself gave us.

Applications may be rejected where the conduct or values of the inquirer are in conflict with the spirit and intent of the lifestyle promoted by the Association, or the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. If such is the case you may expect an explanation before such action is taken.

There is a formation program of four years that is a required part of entry into the Association, if you plan to profess to the Rule of 1221 for all of your life, to allow everyone ample time to discern their interest in committing to live the Rule of 1221 for `all of their life before they profess. Individuals nominally enter formation after an Inquirer Application is submitted and they confirm their desire to enter formation to the BSP Communication Center. One lesson is due each month for four years to complete the program. Always pray for the grace to know and do Gods will.

If you are in a Third Order, and cannot profess to another Rule of Life without losing your status as a Third Order member, due to the Statutes of the Third Order, you may still enter the BSP but may have to give up your membership in the Third Order to do so. In other words, the BSP has no restrictions on membership in other groups that limit individuals from joining, but many Orders do. It is up to you to decide what to do.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us at BSP Headquarters at the address listed on this page.

May the Lord bless you on your journey and reveal His will to you!


WELCOME TO THE BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF PENANCE!


"IN THE WORLD BUT NOT OF IT, FOR CHRIST!


St. Francis receiving St. Clare in the Franciscan lifestyle


The Butterfly is symbol of transforming union of the soul to God. God will give this grace to those faithful to walk the path of prayer and self-denial


65774 County Road 31 Northome, Minnesota 56661

Phone: 218-897-5974   

Email postmaster@bspenance.org

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The Butterfly is symbol of transforming union of the soul to God. God will give this grace to those faithful to walk the path of prayer and self-denial