Brothers of the Third Order of St Francis
Franciscan Fran*cis"can, a. [LL. Franciscus Francis: cf. F. franciscain.] (R. C. Ch.) Belonging to the Order of St. Francis of the Franciscans. [1913 Webster]

{Franciscan Brothers}, pious laymen who devote themselves to useful works, such as manual labor schools, and other educational institutions; -- called also {Brothers of the Third Order of St. Francis}.

{Franciscan Nuns}, nuns who follow the rule of St. Francis, esp. those of the Second Order of St. Francis, -- called also {Poor Clares} or {Minoresses}.

{Franciscan Tertiaries}, the Third Order of St. Francis. [1913 Webster]


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