Order of Lutheran Franciscans

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The Order of Lutheran Franciscans is a religious order affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. [1]

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The Order is open to Lutheran women and men, married or single, lay or ordained, who vow to live according to "the spirit and practice" of the Evangelical Counsels of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience, as interpreted by the Order. [2] Individuals become members through a period of formation which includes postulancy, the novitiate and ultimately life profession.

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References

  1. http://www.lutheranfranciscans.org/faq
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-20. Retrieved 2011-05-07.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. http://wiki.franciscanweb.com/wiki/Franciscan_Family