St Francis of Assisi may well be the most well-known saint in the Church's history. His many spiritual sons and daughters, the Order of Friars Minor Conventual and Capuchin, the Friars of the Renewal, the Poor Clares, Franciscan sisters, Third Order Regulars and many others, continue the mission and charism of St Francis in the world today; a radical life of poverty and service to the poorest and those in dire spiritual need in order to rebuild the Church.
Marian Franciscan Friars
Family of Mary Immaculate and St Francis
Superior: Fr Serafio Lanzetta
The Marian Franciscans of Gosport is a community of clergy and religious in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth. They are a new foundation, currently an Association of the Faithful, created by Bishop Philip. The Community is made up of former members of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate and new members who have joined the order in recent years. The community lives a life of penance and prayer according to the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Maximilian Kolbe. They are consecrated in a special way to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and make use of every possible means to spread Devotion to the Blessed Mother of God in the souls of all men.
The Friars live and minister to two parishes in the Diocese, their principal house and Parish ministry at St Mary's Gosport, and their Novice house at St Joseph's Copnor, headed by their moderator Fr Serafino Lanzetta.
Marian Franciscan Sisters
Franciscan Family of the Immaculate Heart
and St Maximilian Kolbe
Superior: Mother M. Irinea Rodriguez
The Sisters of the Franciscan Family of the Immaculate Heart and St Maximilian Kolbe are a community of sisters associated with the Marian Franciscan Friars. They are an association of the Faithful founded by Bishop Philip under their superior, Mother M. Irinea Rodriguez. The sisters are a contemplative order, spending much of their time in prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. They have houses in Bridgemary (near Gosport) and Alderney (the Bailiwick of Guernsey). They have been charged by the Bishop with forming a 'powerhouse of prayer' for vocations and the salvation and sanctification of the people of the diocese.