The Original Franciscan Inspiration

Lived Today


Saint Francis's Little Assisi is a four block area in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA, which houses the headquarters of the Poor Brothers of Saint Francis, Poor Sisters of Saint Clare, and the Confraternity of Penitents (married and single lay men and women worldwide). Come and visit or join us or send in your prayer requests. God bless you!



Assisi was the city in Umbria where Saint Francis was born, grew up, lived, and died. His heart was always in Assisi even though his body traveled to Spain, France, and Syria. The spirit of Saint Francis can still be felt in Assisi. 



We here in Fort Wayne, Indiana, are blessed to have the spirit of Saint Francis alive and well here in Francis' Little Assisi. No, you won't find any place on a Fort Wayne map with that name, but we are here, in a four block area bordered by New Haven Avenue, Lumbard Street, Reynolds Avenue, and Roy Street. 



In this area, you will find the Poor Brothers of Saint Francis, the Poor Sisters of Saint Clare, and the Confraternity of Penitents.


Please view the Mass Times and Events and Ministries links for Mass times, Liturgical Prayer, and other events at Our Lady of the Angels Oratory (located in the former St. Andrew's Church), 2610 New Haven Avenue, Fort Wayne, Indiana.


Come and join us! All are welcome!

Original Franciscan Charism

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Poor Brothers of Saint Francis

About Francis' Little Assisi


The Poor Brothers of Saint Francis are an order of Franciscan friars who are living an energetic Capuchin Franciscan charism to the Rule of 1223 which Saint Francis wrote and which received papal approval in his life time.


The Poor Sisters of Saint Clare are a cloistered order of nuns who are living a Capuchin Franciscan expression of the Rule which Saint Clare of Assisi wrote for her sisters and which received papal approval in her life time.


The Confraternity of Penitents are married and single men and women world wide who are living, in the own homes, the Rule of 1221 for the lay penitents. This is lived as closely as possible to its original intent. The international headquarters of the Confraternity of Penitents is located in Little Assisi although its members live throughout the United States and in some international countries. 


We hope that this site will encourage you to explore the joyful, simple, and freeing way of life which Saint Francis proposed. His intent was to live the Gospel. He knew it was not easy, but he was willing to take Christ at His word.


How about you? Would you like to follow Christ more closely in the humble footsteps of the poverello (little poor man) of Assisi? Pray about that and see where the Holy Spirit takes you!



This form may be used to contact the Poor Brothers of Saint Francis,  Poor Sisters of Saint Clare, and the Confraternity of Penitents.


Please specifiy in the subject line to whom this is to be delivered. Thank you and God bless you!

Contact Saint Francis' Little Assisi through the Confraternity of Penitents, 1702 Lumbard Street, Fort Wayne IN 46803 USA 260-739-6882

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