Friday, August 28, 2009

Final Profession of Dr. Sherman Kuek SFO

The Fraternity of St. Elizabeth of Hungary of the Secular Franciscan Order (SFO),Church of Visitation, Seremban, celebrated the final profession of their newest member, Dr. Sherman Kuek. Sherman was Pastoral Associate for Formation and Youth Ministry till recently. He has recently been appointed the the Director of the Pastoral Institute of the Diocese of Melaka Johor and is now based in Johor Bahru.

The Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) is an Order of the Roman Catholic Church, a community of men and women in the world who seek to pattern their lives after Christ in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. Secular Franciscans are tertiaries, or members of the Third Order of Franciscans founded by St. Francis of Assisi 800 years ago. Originally known as the Brothers and Sisters of Penance, the Order is approved and recognized by the Holy See by the official name of Ordo Franciscanus Saecularis (OFS). It is open to any Roman Catholic not bound by religious vows to another Religious Order. It is made up of the laity (men and women) and also secular clergy (deacons, priests, bishops). Although Secular Franciscans make a public profession, they are not bound by public vows as are religious orders living in community.

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