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THE FAMILY OF JACOPA ASSOCIATION A Franciscan community for Catholic widows and single women over 40 yrs. old
Our Patron Blessed Jacopa de'Settisoli
The Family of Jacopa Association is a legal, tax-exempt corporation in the State of Ohio, and our paperwork is on the way to the IRS to be given status as a non-profit 501 (c)3. We are under the direction of The Diocese of Steubenville, sponsored by the Order of Franciscan Seculars (Sts. Louis and Elizabeth Fraternity, Our Lady of Poverty Region) and mentored by the Franciscan Sisters, T.O.R. of Penance of the Sorrowful Mother. We have three types of members: (1) Women who want to remain in the world may join the Family of Jacopa (Seculars), a Franciscan Lay Association of the Faithful with the intent of becoming a canonical Private Association of the Faithful. They will be Catholic women who are over 40 years old and widowed or single. “Single” means never married or divorced with a Catholic church annulment. For those married/divorced more than once a Catholic annulment is required for each marriage. Members may live in the Steubenville diocese or anywhere in the world. Members may live alone, with other FJ members, Catholic female friends, with their parents, relatives, or adult children. Members will be required to either already be professed in the Order of Franciscan Seculars or willing to be accepted, formed and professed in their local OFS community. Members will undergo formation in the Family of Jacopa (Seculars) through local classes, various forms of media communications and twice yearly retreats. Promises ceremonies for the Family of Jacopa (Seculars) will be held at the twice yearly community retreats. The Family of Jacopa (Seculars) members will wear secular clothes with their Franciscan Tau Cross given to them from their OFS Fraternity.
(2) Our second type of Member is for women who want to become consecrated religious Sisters in the Sisters of Jacopa (contemplative/active), a Franciscan Lay Association of the Faithful with the intent of becoming an Institute of Consecrated Life. (* Please ask to know exceptions) Accepted members would also be over 40 years old, widowed or single. “Single” means never married or divorced with a Catholic church annulment. They may not have any dependent children, grandchildren or relatives. The Sisters will live in the community Motherhouse in Steubenville, Ohio, USA for life or at least until they are in Permanent vows and given permission to live elsewhere, with the Diocesan Bishops' approval. The Sisters will wear habits.
(3) The third type of Members will be the Family of Jacopa (Associates) who will not take vows or promises. This is an opportunity for Catholic lay people to enjoy the prayers and life of the Family of Jacopa Association (Seculars) and Sisters of Jacopa. Participating in occasional catechetical classes, at Holy Masses, recreational gatherings, work days and fund raising events.
Our community prayer life will consist of the Divine Office (Liturgy of the Hours), community prayers, the Holy Rosary, daily Holy Mass, the Franciscan Crown Rosary, Friday Stations of the Cross, Lectio Divina and Eucharistic adoration. As Franciscans and women committed to conversion, penance and reparation we will live a simple life, with few possessions (or shared in the communal life). We will observe fasts and abstain from meat on prescribed days. We will delight in times of silence in order to “hear God.” We will enrich ourselves with Catholic books and teachings. We are Marian, Eucharistic and fully obedient to our Holy Father, the Pope.
Above all we will live our remaining years on earth in joy, sisterhood, service to our fellow man and in a deeper, loving relationship with Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.