What is a Spiritual Assistant?
A Spiritual Assistant is a person who guides a fraternity in ways of the church and of Franciscan Spirituality. Currently the needs for Spiritual Assistants exceed the supply of friars, Order of Friars Minor (OFM), Order of Friars Minor Conventual (OFM Conv.), Order of Friars Minor Capuchin (OFM Cap.), and Third Order Regular (TOR). Do to the need of more Spiritual Assistants, more Secular Franciscans are receiving training to become Spiritual Assistants to other fraternities. Spiritual Assistants also includes religious brothers and sisters, diocesan clerics and non-Franciscan religious.
Resources for Spiritual Assistance
The Rule, General Constitution, and the Ritual
The Statutes for Spiritual and Pastoral Assistance to the OFS
Handbook for Spiritual Assistance to the OFS
Life-giving Union, prepared by CNSA
First class in the Spiritual Assistance training program for Secular Franciscans.