Far from indulging in detraction or disputing in words (2 Timothy 2:14) the friars should do their best to avoid talking, according as God gives them the opportunity.
Saint Francis of Assisi
THE RULE OF 1221
The Portiuncula, located in the Diocese of Steubenville, is home to the Franciscan Lay Apostolate. We are humbly committed to imitating the Gospel life of Christ, and observing the Sacraments. Placing ourselves under strict and holy obedience to Bishop Jeffrey Monforton of Steubenville, and the Magisterium, we follow the Medieval Penitential First Rule of the Third Order of St. Francis, dated 1221 A.D. Our mission is to preach Repentance and Penance to all God's people.