Juan Urias OFS, formation director of St. Clare Fraternity of the Secular Franciscans, stands beside David Wickham, Nancy Anderson, Julie McCauley, Manuela Wickham and Annie Lukasik, all receiving tau crosses as an outward sign of their Secular Franciscan identity. The men and women entered the candidacy stage of formation Nov. 18. (Courtesy Evelyn Brush OFS)
Juan Urias OFS, formation director of St. Clare Fraternity of the Secular Franciscans, stands beside David Wickham, Nancy Anderson, Julie McCauley, Manuela Wickham and Annie Lukasik, all receiving tau crosses as an outward sign of their Secular Franciscan identity. The men and women entered the candidacy stage of formation Nov. 18. (Courtesy Evelyn Brush OFS)
EUGENE — Five men and women entered the candidacy stage of Secular Franciscan formation as part of the reactivated fraternity of St. Francis here in November.

The members received tau crosses as a sign of Franciscan identity. The candidacy stage is the last before profession in 18 months. The entire formation process lasts at least three years, including orientation, inquiry and candidacy.

At the end, the professed members make a lifelong commitment to live the gospel following the example of St. Francis of Assisi.