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Recollections, stories of everyday life, interweaving of experiences, of memories...:

Recounting events from the past helps us to walk in the vitality of history in continuous evolution. It is in history where we discover the roots that infuse us with the lifeblood to live the present, encouraging us to look toward the future with hope and confidence.
 
Today we create a “remembrance” of the history of our Religious Family through a series of publications, in accordance with the Congregational Pastoral Plan, which has invited us to “witness our healing charism in harmony with our cultures by celebrating our history.”

We want to relive the highlights in order to savor the energy and enthusiasm lived by Mother Frances and the Sisters and Associates who came before us. In communion with them we want to “embrace change at all stages in our lives as opportunities for spiritual healing among us and within ourselves.”

We hope that these publications may give us the energy and passion to live our healing charism with enthusiasm and creativity, while we live as Apostles of the Resurrection in our present history and in the Community of Life.

C 9 00Soon after his election in 1958 Pope John XXIII appealed to the world’s Catholics and religious orders, stressing the spiritual and physical needs of people in Latin America.  The Franciscan Sisters of the Poor eagerly responded to this call...

C 10 00The 1968 General Chapter was the Congregation’s Renewal Chapter, following the Second Vatican Council. One of the decisions made was to move the house of government from Rome to the United States on an experimental basis...

c11 00Prior to 1971, our hospitals, social service centers, and other health care institutions in the United States were individual corporations that were distinct from one another. Each reported to and was represented by the Provincial leadership...

c 12 00Mother Frances Schervier dies on December 14, 1876, in Aachen, Germany. The Congregation immediately records the details of her last illness, death, and funeral. Sisters are encouraged to record and share their memories... 

c 13 00In the early 1970s the Congregation explored the possibility of starting a mission in Africa. The Oblates of Mary Immaculate, good friends of the Sisters in Italy, already had an established presence in Africa. Sisters Rose Margaret Delaney and...