The Regional Fraternity of Brothers and Sisters of St. Francis –61 was established by the National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order on October 20, 1994.
The Celebration of Establishment was held Saturday, April 28, 1995, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greenville, South Carolina. There were seventeen canonically established fraternities at that time. “That all may be one” was adopted as the motto of the region.
The regional newsletter was named Communio – “That all may be one”.
Members of the first Regional Executive Council were:
Minister – Doug Roberson, OFS
Vice Minister – Mary Pollich, OFS
Secretary – Frances Drew, OFS
Treasurer – Nancy Ferro, OFS
Formation Director – Gloria Shriver, OFS
Alabama Councilor – Jane Cusick, OFS
Georgia Councilor – Evelyn Hardin, OFS
North Carolina Councilor – Jennye Taylor Johnson, OFS
South Carolina Councilor – Jacquelyn Lambert, OFS
Tennessee Councilor – Ed Campbell, OFS
Regional Spiritual Assistant – Friar Richard Bellow, OFM Conventual.
Seventeen Years Later July 2011
24 Established Fraternities – 5
Emerging Communities – 1 Newly Forming Group
2 Reactivating fraternities
We join together to celebrate our vocation.