There's a very well-done article in the Columbus Dispatch on the topic of Third Orders.
I'll admit to having a certain family pride, as it were, about the Secular Franciscan Order, but several others exist as well.
H/T to and also with you for pointing the way to this worthwhile article. I intend to express my thanks to the Columbus Dispatch for such a wonderful piece. It's not often that this happens in a mainstream newspaper, and it's certainly commendable.