In St. Francis Region, selected Secular Franciscans are trained to be Spiritual Assistants to the local fraternities due to the lack of 1st Order/TOR friars available to provide that service. They are trained in a class known as the Leadership Training Class, facilitated by the Regional Spiritual Assistants, and the Minister and Vice-Minister of the Region. Five classes have been completed. Potential Spiritual Assistants are identified from the members of each class, and they then enter an internship program with additional training, mentored by one of the spiritual assistants. Those who complete the internship program will be certified at that time and assigned to fraternities requesting spiritual assistants. Others who complete the class will be presented with an attendance certificate.