The Rule of 1221 and Statutes, Foreword and Preamble
The Rule of the Association of the Brothers and Sisters of Penance of St. Francis is the First Rule of the Third Order of St. Francis of 1221, Memoriale Propositi. The title Brothers and Sisters of Penance of St. Francis is abbreviated using the acronym BSP in these articles and statutes. The word chapter, as used herein, refers to local groups consisting of two or more members. Ministers in this private Catholic Association are those whose function is to serve the local chapter, or Association, in a leadership capacity. The Rule of 1221 is in bold font and the Modern Statutes in regular font. Members of the Association, while in formation or once they are professed, live according to the statutes.
These statutes have been approved by the Church, through the late Father Valerius Messerich O.F.M., the first Visitor of the Association. Also, more recently, through Father Robert Altier, the current visitor of the Association and its Administrators, Bruce and Shelley Fahey BSP, at his request.
Here begins the Rule of the Continent Brothers and Sisters. In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The memorial of what is proposed for the Brothers and Sisters of Penance of St. Francis, living in their own homes, begun in the year of our Lord 1221, is as follows.
Here begins the Rule and Statutes of the Continent (those who give up things) Brothers and Sisters of Penance of St. Francis (BSP). In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
These provisions are relaxed on Sundays and Solemnities if the penitent so chooses. Sunday begins at the vigil Mass for Sunday on Saturday evening according to our Visitor.