Isle of Wight Franciscan Group

We’d Love to hear from you

If you would like to chat or meet with us to find out more feel free to contact us by email hello@franciscanseculars.com.

If you would like to discover more about the secular Franciscan way of life, or if you would like encouragement and support on your spiritual path, we’d be very pleased to help you, or to put you in touch with your local OFS Fraternity.

The Island Franciscan Group and the OFS is an active and organised community within the Catholic Church, come and visit us at one of our meetings.


Come and Meet Us : 21 July 2018

Marian Day of Recollection

Our next Isle of Wight meeting is on 21st July 2018 at the Sacred Heart Church in Shanklin. The day starts at 10:30 and closes at 16:30. You are most welcome to join us for the whole day, or to come along just for the morning or the afternoon:

10:30 Welcome and Opening Prayers
11:00 Morning Reflection : Saint Francis of Assisi and Mary
12:30 Mass
13:30 Lunch
14:30 Afternoon Reflection : Saint Clare of Assisi and Mary
15:30 Tea
16:00 Closing Prayers and Farewell

The Saints of Assisi, Francis and Clare, both loved Mary with such devotion and affection, in her they saw Our Mother, Our Comforter and Our Queen. ‘… May you too cling to His most sweet mother who gave birth to a Son Whom the heavens could not contain …So you too by following in her footprints especially those of [holy] humility and [holy] poverty can without any doubt always carry Him spiritually …’ Clare of Assisi (in her letter of Agnes of Prague written in 1238).

The event will be hosted jointly by the Island Franciscan Group the St Anthony’s OFS Fraternity, Portsmouth.



In the mean time you might like to:
View: A Video Portrait of St Francis.
Read about his life : on our St Francis page.
Learn about St Clare’s contribution to Franciscan Spirituality.
Or consider more about joining the Secular Franciscan Order by reading articles about discernment.

Pax et bonum

May the Lord bless you.
May He set His face to shine upon you.
May the Lord give you His peace.


Where We Meet :

From 6th August 2018 The Isle of Wight Franciscan Group meet on the:

1st Monday of each month from 2pm to 5pm at:
The McAuley Centre, 75 High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight
The McAuley Centre is in the grounds of St Thomas of Canterbury Roman Catholic Church and accessed from the High Street, behind a red door – opposite Day Lewis Pharmacy.

On Saturday 21st July from 10:30 – 4pm at:
Sacred Heart RC Church, Atherley Road, Shanklin, Isle of Wight PO37 7AT


Photo : Detail from the Saint Francis Window at All Saints Church, Newchurch, Isle of Wight © Elizabeth Wolfendale

Elizabeth is a member of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and lives on the Isle of Wight where she enjoys walks along the beach with Alfie her Cairn Terrier. She has had an interest in Franciscan Spirituality for over 20 years.