After a 5-year period of both discernment and formation, the Franciscan Family welcomed Christopher T. Hoar (“Chris”) into the Franciscan Third Order, on October 19th, 2019. The Third Order (Secular) Franciscans are a community of over 350,000 clergy and laity with contemplative hearts that pursue justice, peace, and the loving care of creation. Through his profession, Chris has decided to grow further in the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi, who recognized that lay men and women were still drawn to serve God with deeply committed hearts and lives.
To be confirmed as a Catholic is to be accepted into a global family of loyal servants to Christ. It is to establish powerful bonds that transcend time, space, borders, and all other earthly barriers to God's Love (caritas). Newfound bonds spread and intertwine to form vast networks of spiritual support and mutual trust. You are suddenly no-longer undervalued. Instead, you are cherished for your role in the largely more important production.