Order of Saint Francis
The Order of Saint Francis (OSF) is a contemporary religious order in the Franciscan tradition, admitting members of the Anglican church (and churches in full communion). The Order of Saint Francis is an Apostolic religious order. Rather than living in an enclosed communal setting, OSF Brothers live independently in different parts of the world, with ministries based on the needs of their local communities. Members are baptized men who have been confirmed within the Anglican Communion, and who voluntarily commit to live by a set of professed vows for a term of years or for life. In 2004, Br. Nicholas Kis received permission from the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, Washington to establish the order. The Order of Saint Francis is a dispersed order, which welcomes men with dual vocations (clergy as well as lay). Brothers may also be married or single and can be found in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.
The Bishop of Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, Washington is the Bishop Visitor of the Order. The Order has resolved not to seek recognition at the present time from the broader church.
Unique among First Order Anglican Franciscans, married men may be admitted to membership of the Order of Saint Francis. This has necessitated changes to the traditional vows, particularly those of chastity and poverty. The vows are still taken, but with a broader interpretation. The admission of married men would be problematic to official recognition as an Anglican religious order in some Provinces.