The Secular Franciscan Order is open to young people above the age of 18 years, and in Europe many groups of young people are involved in the activities of the Secular Franciscans, including attending World Youth days. In Australia, from time to time there has been groups of Franciscan Youth, but like most youth groups they tend to last about two years and then fade away. The tendency in Australia, for the Secular Franciscans is for more mature people to become interested in the Order. Although there are in some fraternities young families with children. It is also true to say that some younger people attracted to the Franciscan way of life have joined the friars or one of the groups of Franciscan sisters.