The Franciscan Sisters of the Poor have been blessed with the mission to heal the wounds of Christ through love and service, especially to the poor and needy.
Blessed Frances Schervier, moved by the love of God, was directed by Christ to found the congregation to heal His wounds. Her charism (gift of healing given by God) has been extended in the tradition of the congregation since its beginning in 1845.
As Frances worked among the poor she more radically understood her divine mission. Frances' charism called her to a giving of herself and her congregation to the healing of all persons, especially the poor and the suffering. This gift deeply penetrated her being.
"In the poor and suffering , I recognized my Divine Saviour
as clearly as if I had seen Him with my bodily eyes."
Today healing continues to be the mission of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor. They are called to give witness to the love of God by being instruments of compassion and hope for the community of life. Their gifts of healing also continue the early commitment of St. Francis of Assisi to the marginated of society – especially the poor, people who are abused, and victims of human trafficking.