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The term Third Order can be traced to Saint Francis of Assisi. He established three religious orders. The first order was for Franciscanfriars. He called it the Friars Minor meaning the "Little Brothers." The second order was for nuns. He established it together with Saint Clare of Assisi. It is named for her, the Poor Clares. The third order was established for laymen and women. It is known as the Third Order of Saint Francis. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Third Order. ... Saint Francis of Assisi (born in Assisi, Italy, ca. ... A religious order is an organization of people who live in some way set apart from society in accordance with religious devotion. ... The Order of Friars Minor and other Franciscan movements are disciples of Saint Francis of Assisi. ... A friar is a member of a religious order of men. ... Saint Clare of Assisi, born Chiara Offreduccio, (July 16, 1193–August 11, 1253) was one of the first followers of Francis of Assisi and founded the Order of Poor Ladies to organize the women who chose to take the Franciscan vow of poverty and celibacy. ... The Order of Poor Ladies, also known as the Poor Clares, the Poor Clare Nuns, the Clarisse, or the Minoresses is a Franciscan order founded by Saint Clare of Assisi. ...
As time went on, a number of other religious orders were established for laymen and women. Thus, for example, there is a Carmelite Third Order, known today as the Lay Carmelites. A religious order is an organization of people who live in some way set apart from society in accordance with religious devotion. ... Origin and early history Carmelites (in Latin Ordo fratrum Beatæ Virginis Mariæ de monte Carmelo) is the name of a Roman Catholic order founded in the 12th century by a certain Berthold (d. ...
In some cases the members of a third order, wished their order to become regular, meaning that they wanted to join the ranks of a first or second order. Thus one finds the term Third Order Regular.
The ThirdOrder Regular is represented in Canada by three flourishing institutions: A. Little Franciscan Sisters of Mary, founded at Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1889 and transferred to Baie-St-Paul, Canada, in 1891; their constitutions were approved in 1903.
The ThirdOrder Secular comprises ninety-six congregations of which forty are under the jurisdiction of the Friars Minor of the Leonine Union and fifty-four under that of the Friars Minor Capuchin, and about 12,000 members, amongst whom are several diocesan bishops, a number of the clergy, and laity of all ranks.
The ThirdOrder Regular is represented in England by nineteen convents of sisters and in Scotland by six convents.
This thirdorder was devised by St. Francis as a sort of middle state between the cloister and the world for those who, wishing to follow in the saint's footsteps, were debarred by marriage or other ties from entering either the first or second order.
In connection with the Brothers and Sisters of Penance or Thirdorder of St. Francis, it is necessary to distinguish between the thirdorder secular and the thirdorder regular.
The early history of the thirdorder regular is uncertain and is susceptible of controversy.
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