The Rule

The Rule is common to all members of the First Order and consists of: 

  • The Principles of the First Order.
  • The Constitution of the Society of St Francis [ie - the "umbrella" constitution of the the three orders together]. 
  • The Constitution of the First Order.
    • The Rule of Life of the First Order.
  • The Formulae of Profession of the First Order.

There are two formats available here. 

A5 page format - suitable for direct viewing on screen or printing as separate A5 sheets

A4 sheet booklet format - Arranged for printing for Manual. Print double sided, then cut pages in half to give collated pages ready to be inserted in Manual.

The Rule

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Principles of the First Order 1996 - A5 page format

Principles of the First Order 1996 - A4 sheet booklet format.

The Constitution of the Society of St Francis - A5 page format

The Constitution of the Society of St Francis - A4 sheet booklet printing format

Constitution of the First Order 2017 - A5 page format

Constitution of the First Order 2017 - A4 sheet booklet format

The Rule of Life of the First Order 2007 - A5 sheet format

The Rule of Life of the First Order 2007 - A4 sheet booklet format

The Formulae of Profession of the First Order 2007 - A5 sheet format

The Formulae of Profession of the First Order 2007 - A4 booklet format

Related Documents

The following documents are not part of the Rule but assist with its administration and interpretation. 

Related Documents

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Policies Norms & Precedents 2013 - Superseded Norm I.3.d - Relations with the Central Fund Trustees

Policies Norms & Precedents 2017 - Abbreviated - A5 page format

Policies Norms & Precedents 2017 - Abbreviated - A4 sheet booklet printing format

Policies Norms & Precedents 2017 - Full - A5 page format

Policies Norms & Precedents 2017 - Full - A4 sheet booklet printing format

"Wells not Fences" - A Commentary and Study Guide to the Principles - 2015 - Plain English version.

"Wells not Fences" - A Commentary and Study Guide to the Principles - 2015

Other Versions of the Principles

The official version (see above) forms part of The Rule of the First Order. This was the definitive version authorised by the Joint Meeting of the Chapters of the First Order in 1996. This uses NRSV biblical texts and the third person plural ("brothers and sisters"). This version should be the one in the Manual used by each brother and sister. It is also the version in the 2010 Daily Office - SSF.

Alternative authorised versions of the Principles are below:  

Current Alternative Principles

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Principles alternative version 2003
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 12-20-2019

Principles - Alternative Version 2003

This alternative first person plural version of The Principles 1996, which also replaces the use of 'must', 'ought' and 'should' by 'will' and also adapts Day 15 to present day practice, was authorised for experimental use by the Joint Meeting of the Ministers of the First Order, 2003 and approved for use as an alternative version by the Joint First Order Chapters in 2005.

The Principles in Plain English - 2011

This version of the Principles by Brothers Samson Amoni and Hugh, based on Brother Brian's plain English version, is particularly for those for whom English is not their first language. 

The Principles in Plain English - 2011 - Booklet printing format

This version of the Principles by Brothers Samson Amoni and Hugh, based on Brother Brian's plain English version, is particularly for those for whom English is not their first language. 



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