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Frances Schervier lived a unique live of holiness and service. She was beatified on April 28, 1974. The Cause of Canonization moves forward.

Blessed Frances Schervier radiated beauty as she walked through the streets of Aachen, Germany, in the 1850s, totally loving the poor and seeing God in and through their suffering. Like St. Francis of Assisi, was passionate about serving those most in need. 

After joining a group of lay Franciscans and receiving advice from a close friend, she gathered together several likeminded women and began a religious Congregation on the Feast of Pentecost. They dedicated themselves to loving and serving the poor.

As hundreds of women joined the new group of Sisters, Frances remained focused and had the courage and confidence to move the new Congregation wherever the Spirit led.

That is why she traveled twice to the U.S. and experienced the suffering of the new immigrants. As a result she dispatched many Sisters to the U.S. where they established (five) hospitals before the turn of the century.

Frances is also one of the few women in spiritual history that was instrumental in founding a men’s Congregation, the Brothers of the Poor of St. Francis .

The Daughters of Blessed Frances, in addition to Germany and Belgium, have begun new roots in the U.S., Italy, Brazil, Senegal and the Philippines.

The Sisters along with their lay Associates and friends minister on five continents and are walking together to support Frances’ sacred journey to sainthood.

Chronology: all about Frances

tsf 00Born on January 3, 1819 in Aachen Germany, Frances was deeply moved by the life and mission of St. Francis of Assisi. She was born at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution; read her life step by step...


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