International Fraternity

The International Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) is based in Rome,Italy.  It consists of an elected Council plus an International Councilor from each country in which there is a National Fraternity of the SFO.  The Presidency, as the Executive Council is called, consists of the elected General Minister, Vice-minister, 7 international councilors, the international youth councilor, and the 4 General Assistants (representing the O.F.M., O.F.M. Conventual, O.F.M. Capuchin, and T.O.R.).  The elected officers of the International Council serve for a term of six years.  The International Councilors representing their national fraternities, serve for a term of three years.  All can be re-elected, in accordance with the General Constitutions.  International Statutes, General Constitutions, the Rule of the SFO, other documents and general information are all available on the website of the International Fraternity (CIOFS) found at