The Franciscans are a group of related mendicant religious orders within the Catholic Church, founded in 1209 by Saint Francis of Assisi. These orders include the Order of Friars Minor, the Order of Saint Clare, and the Third Order of Saint Francis. They adhere to the teachings and spiritual disciplines of the founder and of his main associates and followers, such as Clare of Assisi, Anthony of Padua, and Elizabeth of Hungary, among many others.
Francis began preaching around 1207 and travelled to Rome to seek approval from Pope Innocent III in 1209 to form a new religious order. The original Rule of Saint Francis approved by the Pope disallowed ownership of property, requiring members of the order to beg for food while preaching. The austerity was meant to emulate the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Franciscans travelled and preached in the streets, while boarding in church properties. Saint Clare, under Francis's guidance, founded the Poor Clares (Order of Saint Clare) in 1212, which remains a Second Order of the Franciscans. The extreme poverty required of members was relaxed in the final revision of the Rule in 1223. The degree of observance required of members remained a major source of conflict within the order, resulting in numerous secessions.
The Order of Friars Minor, previously known as the "Observant" branch, is one of the three Franciscan First Orders within the Catholic Church, the others being the "Conventuals" (formed 1517) and "Capuchins" (1520). The Order of Friars Minor, in its current form, is the result of an amalgamation of several smaller orders completed in 1897 by Pope Leo XIII.
The latter two, the Capuchin and Conventual, remain distinct religious institutes within the Catholic Church, observing the Rule of Saint Francis with different emphases. Conventual
Franciscans are sometimes referred to as Minorites or Greyfriars because of their habit. In Poland and Lithuania they are known as Bernardines, after Bernardino of Siena, although
the term elsewhere refers to Cistercians instead.
We are pleased to offer you a range of garments and item applicable, as below:
Franciscan Alb & Over Tunic: FA-PM005131
A brown Franciscan Alb with over Tunic. Bespoke made to your own sizes in our workshop and constructed with lightweight poly-mix fabric for ease of wear and laundering.
The alb is supplied with zip fastening to front and side pocket access. Wide sleeves complete the look with a monastic hood at the rear. The over-tunic is constructed in the same, matching fabric and comes with round neck with rear vent and single fastening. When worn together the hood of the alb sits over the tunic open fastening as shown in the images above.When ordering, we require your sizes as we make your pattern according to these.
Franciscan Zucchetto: Z-07
A brown Franciscan Zucchetto (skull cap) made from brown wool/cotton blend fabric with twisted stirpes. Includes cotton inner lining. Available in various sizes - Small/Medium/Large.
(Small = 56-58cm, Medium = 58-60cm,
Large = 60-62cm head circumference)
Franciscan Sandals: FS-AM009002
A brown Franciscan “Nazarene” style leather Sandal (unisex model). These sandals are handmade by the Monks of the Monastic Family of Bethlehem. They carefully work the leather and shape it beautifully, sewing it to the soles to create a high-quality product. Available in various sizes and with adjustable buckle fastening.
100% handcrafted guaranteed.