Dear fellow Catholics,
I do have a question, that is very important to me. I strongly consider becoming a Secular Franciscan. I am a devoted catholic and have been strongly attracted to the spirit of St. Francis for a long time.
This week, as a guest, I attended a meeting in our local fraternity. I so loved it. I feel at home there and when reading about St. Francis and material related to SFO I almost get butterflies in my stomach of pure joy.
I know becoming a SFO is a long proces that can last up to 5 years. Even so, I have a question already now:
I know SFOs meet once a month with the fraternity - and I would certainly be happy to do that. However, when my husband (a Protestant) and I retire from our jobs, we have been talking about living in Italy 4-6 months a year. (We retire in about 13-15 years).
Can this be a problem regarding the monthly fraternity meetings, or could I perhaps join in with an Italian fraternity while in Italy? (I am currently learning Italian) Or could I perhaps make some studies in benefit of our regional fraternity? Or could I participate in some of the meetings with my own fraternity via Skype? Or could there be any solutions to this?
Now, my husband and I are FAR from sure that our “Italian dream” will come true. It is many years from now and we don’t know how our health or financial or practical situation will be so far from now. Since we don’t have a lot of money, it would also require that we do rent our apartment to others while in Italy, so there are many “unknowns”.
However, IF we have the possibility to try to live in Italy some months of the year, is there any possibility to do this while also being a Secular Franciscan?
I hope someone can help,
Sincerely and with love,