The Third Order Secular of St. Francis is an ecclesiastical association of the laity, originally founded by St. Francis of Assisi. It is a state of perfection for persons living in the world.
St. Pius X vindicates the religious purpose of the Third Order in a special document, wherein he asserts that the Third Order “does not differ from the other two Franciscan Orders in nature but only in as far as it pursues the same purpose in a way peculiar to itself.”
Pope Benedict XV gives the following admonition: “Our Franciscan Tertiaries shall by purity of faith, by innocence of life, and by cheerful zeal diffuse far and wide the good odor of Christ, and be to the brethren that have gone astray both a reminder and an invitation to come to a sense of their duties. This the Church asks, and expects of them.”
This particular fraternity designed T Shirts for their local members. Shirts come in short and long sleeves in two different shades of brown.