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Franciscans

friars minor habits

Franciscans, largest order in the Roman Catholic Church. The order was founded by St. Francis of Assisi between 1209 and 1224. Franciscans were called Gray Friars for the color of their habits (modern habits are dark brown). Dissension within the First Order divided it into 3 main branches, the Observants (Friars Minor), Conventuals (Friars Minor Conventual), and Capuchins. The Second Order are nuns, known as Poor Clares for their foundress St. Clare. The Third Order is mainly a lay fraternity, though some members live in community under vows.

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