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 Handout Two

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The Rule and Constitutions

of the Confraternity of


have been approved by

the Bishop of the Diocese of

Fort Wayne- South Bend, IN, USA,

in these words:


"I am happy to grant my recognition and approval of

the Confraternity of Penitents,

a private association of the Christian faithful

according to the norms of the Code of Canon Law. 

It is a blessing to have 

the Confraternity of Penitents now headquartered

in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. 

I am grateful for your witness to the Holy Gospel

according to the teaching, example, and spirit 

of Saint Francis of Assisi. . . .

May God bless you!

May the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Francis, and Saint Clare

intercede for you always!"

--Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades

Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend

3 January 2014

The Confraternity of Penitents

meets in local groups as well as

via the Internet and

through postal mail.


Formation in the lifestyle is

four years. All lessons are on

line as well as in a Handbook

published by the Confraternity.


There are no dues or fees.

Please contact us for more information.


Confraternity of Penitents

1702 Lumbard Street

Fort Wayne IN 46803




Locally Contact:


The San Damiano Crucifix


the symbol of the

Confraternity of Penitents



Jesus called all people

to repentance.


Jesus came to Galilee

proclaiming the

Gospel of God:

"This is the time

of fulfillment.

The kingdom of God

is at hand.

Repent, and

believe in the gospel."

(Mark 1:14-15)


Penance means "conversion",

a turning away

from sinful ways

to doing things God's way.

Many people want to do this,

but find that the

discipline and persistence

needed is somewhat difficult.

The Confraternity of Penitents

exists to help

Roman Catholics persist

in a day to day love of

and service to God.

Way of Life 


Members of the Confraternity of Penitents live a religious Rule of Life in their own homes. This lifestyle incorporates prayer including the Divine Office, fasting and abstinence, simplicity of life, and works of mercy. The purpose of the lifestyle is to give the penitent the discipline to turn more fully to God.



Saint Francis


Saint Francis gave our rule to his lay followers in 1221. Our Constitutions adapt this to modern life.

Ascension of Christ as depicted on the

San Damiano Crucifix.


 We are governed by our Minister General and international Council, subject to our Visitor, a priest appointed by the Bishop of the Diocese of Fort  Wayne-South Bend IN, USA


Confraternity members live in most of the states of the United States and several nations worldwide.


The Confraternity of Penitents is completely loyal to the Pope, the Magisterium and Church doctrine.

Do you seek

+    a deeper prayer life?

+ a more God-centered lifestyle?

+ a way to serve others?

All in communion with other Catholics of like mind?

Pray about the CFP and "Do whatever He tells you." (Jn 2:5)

Confraternity of

A Private Catholic Lay

Association of the

Faithful, Fulfilling the

Catholic Church's Call to

Peace in the Modern


​"You shall love

the Lord your God

with your whole heart,

with your whole soul,

and with all your mind,

(and) you shall love

your neighbor as yourself." 

(Jesus’ words as recorded

in Matthew 22:37-38)

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