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     The Franciscan Sisters of the Poor have been serving in Italy for over 60 years (since 1947). For over half a century, they have upheld and furthered the mission of caring for the poor and needy — those who have been neglected and ignored by greater society. Today, the Sisters have over 10 different programs in a multitude of areas and locations.
  • The Colors of She who knows

    ccs 00Last year in Padua, during a pastoral activity, some young participants and Sisters went to meet a woman who attended a project called, “The Colors of She who knows.” It is an experience that involves migrant women of different...

  • Beyond the prejudice

    adol 2017 00About three years ago, two parishes in Pistoia, Italy -- St. Benedetto and St. Francesco -  worked together to produce a growth experience for the teenagers who just had confirmed. There were about fifteen of them, and it was a challenge...

  • Embracing the difference

    af 00Hello to everyone, my name is Francesca, and I have been an associate of Franciscan Sisters of the Poor for several years. I live and work in Rome, my hometown. From 2002 to 2004 I stayed in Casetta Nova, a center for young people... 

  • A Renewal Covenant

    rpa 00On Saturday, December 18, we celebrated Mother Frances’ feast in Padua with our friends and relatives, and with the communities of Casa Nazareth and Porta San Giacomo. It was a special occasion for Associates both because...

  • Networking for prevention of Human Trafficking

    at 00In recent years the beautiful Italian coasts have become sadly famous for the arrival of many migrants. Many of them, men, women and children survived the long journey, many others have tragically ended their dreams, hopes and life in the sea...

  • Lucio Spinola

    lucio spinola 00Lucio Spinola became an SFP Associate on May 11, 1997, when he celebrated his Covenant as Associate, inspired in part by the example and involvement of his wife Anna Apicella, who became an Associate in 1995. He and Anna...

  • Antonio Fulco

    af sfp a 00Antonio and his wife, Adele, learned about the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor through his two daughters who participated in the Youth Group led by the Sisters of the Santa Chiara Community in Messina. He became an Associate...

  • Our path of Resurrection

    cappie ric 00We want to share with you a story about rebirth and Resurrection as told to us by a married couple at an SFP family meeting. It is a real life story that enabled them to start all over again with new hope and love. Here is their story...

  • Here is my bread…

    cn 00On September 3, 2016 a small sprout popped out of the ground, grown from a seed sown in fertile ground. It was the day I began my novitiate, and it was marked by great gratitude for what God generously gave to my life. I was...

  • A time of transformation

    sfv 00After six years on the wonderful island of Sicily, a period of time spent at our Mission in the Philippines, I was given the gift of a period of rest and rejuvenation during the month of August. Grateful for the gift of this experience -- and grateful...

  • The couple: yesterday, today and tomorrow

    pfm 04The families with whom the SFP in Messina have been working met in Savoca for the last weekend event of the year. In the morning, each couple was invited to come up with a creative way to represent these three stages. They were to highlight the healing...

  • As charitable apostles

    pan val 0I learned that it is possible to act as charitable apostles even though one owns nothing. How does this happen? In a very easy way, just being myself, in all aspects. I learned not to be ashamed of the situation I am experiencing. All of...

  • From the wound to healing

    Famiglie Roma 2016 00From April 23 to 25 we gathered in Frascati, at the Centro Papa Giovanni XXIII, for the Family Conference of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor on the theme: from the wound to the healing, between fragility of relationships and healing energy...

  • Connected to the Jubilee of Mercy

    giub ad 00In answer to the call of the Holy Father for the faithful to participate fully in this Jubilee Year of Mercy (April 22cd and the 25th), people from all over the world came to Rome – and many boys and girls from different italian towns...

  • Prophets of Dialogue and Healing in the Church and the World

    aa it 16 00We met in Vermicino for our Area Assembly; our objective was to deepen our first Chapter Call - To Be Prophets of Dialogue and Healing in the Church and throughout the World. We used the symbol of a “Door”...

  • "Wake up the World"

    smgr 00"Soul, be strong! Persevere, be faithful! Bear fruit, wake up the world!" A Meeting of International Young Consecrated Persons called “Wake Up the World” was held in Rome from September 15 to 19 2015 – a highly anticipated event.

  • Blessed by God's love

    ben mOn May 3rd, 2015, during the Area Assembly, we took a moment to celebrate our sisters’ jubilees. We thanked God for His faith and His infinite love…And for this occasion, we asked our sisters to share something...

  • On the Path of God...with gratitude

    nov 00On May 30 in Vermicino, two young women said “yes” to God: Carmen and Roberta. Roberta entered the Novitiate and Carmen the Pre-Novitiate. Their faith and trust in God helps our religious Family continue to spread the culture of...

  • Leave the door open to Hope

    l 00‘L’ is a young woman from the Congo who came to Italy hoping that she could create a life with dignity. Her newly wed husband, a young doctor, stayed behind in their country. ‘L’ has lodged at the parish rectory in the outskirts of Padua ever since...

  • Together in Service, in Prayer and in Discernment

    fp 00As is the custom each year, the Italian Area, divided into two zones – Assissi and Vermicino -- met for a weekend of Permanent Formation. What resulted were days filled with the joy of meeting together...