The Tau Maria Franciscans are a private association of Christ's faithful
called to live a life of penance, prayer, poverty, and service reflective of
the original Charism given to St. Francis of Assisi. Being faithful to our call
to holiness is our primary gift to God's Church.
The Tau Maria family is made up of three distinct groups; The Tau Maria Franciscan
Cordbearers, Tau Maria Franciscans in formation, and those who are perpetually
professed Tau Maria Franciscans.
We are a group of Lay people who are striving to wholeheartedly embrace Christ's
call to radical faith and conversion (Mk. 1:15) under the spiritual fatherhood of
“I have come into religion to live not as others live, but to live as
all ought to live, in the spirit of the Institute and full observance of the Rule;
for, at my entrance, the Rules were given to me to read, and not the lives of others.
The Rules were then accepted by me voluntarily and as the basis of my life, and
therefore I ought to observe them all exactly, although I should see that no one else
observed them.” ~St. Bonaventure