Who are we? We are a part of a centuries-old 'Third Order' of lay men and women from throughout the Hampton Roads Virginia area who follow Christ in the footsteps of Saint Francis. Our Fraternity includes members from Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Chesapeake. We regularly meet with the larger Franciscan family to include members of First and Second Order Franciscans.

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Dates of Special Importance to Franciscans

June 13: Feast of St. Anthony of Padua

July 15: Feast of St. Bonaventure

August 2: Feast of Our Lady of the Angels of the Portiuncula

August 11: Feast of St. Clare of Assisi

August 25: Feast of St. Louis IX, patron of Secular Franciscans and Third Order

October 3 (evening): Commemoration of the Transitus (“passing”) of St. Francis

October 4: Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

November 17: Feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, patron of Secular Franciscans and Third Order

November 29: Feast of All Saints of the Seraphic Order (Anniversary of the final approval of the friars’ Rule of Life in 1223)

December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (a long-standing Franciscan devotion officially declared Catholic dogma in 1854)

December 25: Christmas (the Incarnation of Our Lord has held a particularly special place in the spiritual life of Franciscans since the time of St. Francis)


Fraternity Formation Resources:

The Sacred Heart Fraternity meets every 3rd Sunday of the month at 1:30 PM. The only exception is the 4th Sunday of June due to Father's Day.  

St. Gregory's Catholic Church
5344 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462


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Location:  Saint Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 5343 Virginia Beach Boulevard, 
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

Saint Gregory the Great Church, 5343 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

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