A Fraternity with more than 400 years.
The hospital belongs to Fraternidade da Venerável Ordem Terceira de S. Francisco da Cidade (a fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order in Portugal), nowadays called Fraternidade de S. Francisco da Cidade, OFS (Ordem Franciscana Secular), established on the 12th July, 1615 (seventeenth century).
The Fraternity grew and became an important cultural and spiritual centre. It should be noted that the Franciscan presence in the city of Lisbon carries with it carries with it the characteristic feature of being a fraternal and fraternising spirituality, in which noblemen and commoners live as equals.
Throughout its existence, and in addition to its spirituality, Fraternidade de São Francisco da Cidade, OFS, has been creating social activities. Currently this social activity is materialised through the Hospital da Ordem Terceira do Chiado, and the Casa de São Francisco, included in the former.