Third Order Regular Franciscan Common Novitiate

Third Order Regular Franciscan Common Novitiate in St. Louis, Missouri

On July 7, 2009 the Third Order Regular Franciscan Common Novitiate (TOR-FCN) was given official approval by the Vatican, established its Novitiate House in St. Louis MO., and received its first group of novices in August 2010.  Since the early 1990s, religious congregations of Franciscan TOR women have provided a high quality canonical novitiate experience for their new members by pooling their personnel and financial resources.  The TOR-FCN is a merger of two regional common Franciscan novitiates, one in the Eastern part of the country, and the other in the Midwest. 

The TOR-FCN immerses novices in a rhythm of prayer, study, leisure, community service, common living, inter-congregational learning and personal growth.    Two on-site novice ministers are in frequent communication with the home congregational novice ministers, and great efforts are made to strengthen ties to the home congregation, while simultaneously providing the novices with a peer group. 

Currently, thirty-one TOR congregations of Franciscan women participate in the Franciscan Common Novitiate.  

How to become a member congregation

Fees and Tuition

For further Information please contact:

Sr. Rose Wisniewski, OSF
Sr. Maureen McCarthy, SSSF
TOR FCN Co Ministers of Novices

Sr. Margaret Mary Kimmins,.OSF
TOR-FCN Membership Committee

Sr. Linda Mershon, FSPA, Chair
TOR-FCN Governing Board


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