Secular Franciscan Order

Immaculate Conception Fraternity
  • This small group of men and women, married and single, meet monthly from September to June at Mary, Mother of the Church parish. The meetings are at 2.00 p.m on the fourth Sunday of each month.
  • The purpose is ongoing spiritual development focusing on St. Francis and Franciscan spirituality with topics like prayer, charity, peace, social justice, integrity of creation, the environment and love of all creatures.   


  • The group which started 39 years ago in the parish is part of a worldwide organization of over a million members today, founded by St. Francis of Assisi 800 years ago and is open to all adult practicing Catholics.
  • Visitors are always welcome at the meetings. 
  • The group has also been fortunate to have a Franciscan spiritual assistant, Father Joe Glaab, who participates in the meetings whenever possible via Skype or by phone. 


  • We unfortunately have to postpone the regular monthly in-person meetings for the time being because of restrictions on group gatherings in the church building. We are now having our meetings on-line and can provide a link for anyone who is interested.  Please contact Kate Klassen at  We continue to pray individually in our homes for our brothers and sisters worldwide who are affected by the current crisis either physically, mentally, spiritually or financially. 


  • Happily some new people were welcomed into the group recently, and again a Profession is planned for the near future. The group continues to study the book "St. Francis of Assisi, Passion and Poverty, how he transformed the Catholic Church", with a reading at most gatherings. Normally the meeting consists of prayer time, spiritual development discussion time and some time for business to discuss the ministries of the group.  The meeting lasts no more than 2 hours.


  • The group has been taking a particular interest in the document Laudato Si and how it relates to our daily life, and what possible changes we did to address.  There are numerous documentaries available on Netflix to explore subjects on food production worldwide, our use of land and of plastics and the inpact of this on wildlife and the earth. We encourage everyone to check out the Netflix series with the title Rotten, Season 2, episode 3, Troubled Water, this will open your eyes to the bottled water industry.


  •      Please note the images posted, are just random photos of other Franciscan groups elsewhere and are not actually the local group.



 For more information contact:

                Kate Klassen, cell 204 955 0756, or email

                Bernadette McCann, 204 474 0320 or email