Franciscan Tradition

Sophia College is proudly founded in the Franciscan tradition. The Franciscan charism  will  be  used  to  optimise  coherence  across  and  through  life  and  learning  at  Sophia  College. Its adoption  serves  to  reinforce  the  desired  focus  on  developing  the  school as  an  “integral ecology"  that responds  to  Laudato  Si'  in  ways  that  demonstrate  a  care  for  each  other  and  all God's creation,  as  our  “common home".  

Although there have been many words crafted about Franciscan spirituality, it is essentially a spirituality marked by its simplicity. The Franciscan tradition founded by Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Clare embraces simplicity, joy and profound reverence for every person, all of creation and the Creator of all. ​

Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me a channel of your peace,

That where there is hatred, I may bring love;

That here there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;

That where there is discord, I may bring harmony;

That where there is error, I may bring truth;

That where there is doubt, I may bring faith;

That where there are shadows, I may bring light;

That where there is sadness, I may bring joy;

Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;​

To understand, then to be understood;

To love, then to be loved.

For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.

It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.

It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.​