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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.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Seeds of unity

    ros 00When I was living at Casa San Francesco in Rome, I met Sr. Joba, a Sister of the Poor of St. Francis. We spoke many times about our being a single family, daughters of Mother Frances and sisters to one another. Jesus had asked...

  • Sr. Rosamaria Guida, SFP

    rosamaria 00Sr. Rosamaria Guida, whose baptismal name was Angela, was born in Alessandria della Rocca, Agrigento (Sicily), to parents Giuseppe and Rosalia. She had two sisters, Ninetta and Maria, and a brother, Giorgio...

  • Allies to… Cross Thresholds

    ccs24 00This year the five “Colei che sa” (She who knows) groups decided to continue their study of female archetypes, associated with biblical figures. The “Colei che sa” program involves women animated by the...

  • Sr. Clara Carlitti, SFP

    clara 00Sr. Clara Carlitti, whose baptismal name was Maria Giuseppa, was born on March 12, 1936, in Tufillo, in the province of Chieti (Abruzzo), to her parents Nicola and Albina. She was baptized in her parish, San Raffaele...

  • Together, following the Breath of the Spirit

    a it 24 00Sent to the world to follow the Spirit, we, Sisters and Associates, gathered for our yearly event, the Italian area Assembly. This is a welcome opportunity that is always characterized by a deep desire to meet again...

  • Progetto Miriam: 25 Years of Hospitality and Care

    00 25pmOn December 16, 2023, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of Progetto Miriam, our ministry that shelters trafficked women in Padua, Italy. The event opened with a Eucharistic celebration presided over by...

  • When Internal Richness Opens Us Up to Healing

    cpe 24 00For about five years now I have been visiting the women of Rebibbia Prison in Rome, one of the largest in Europe. Among the different wings, the Infirmary, in which inmates who have health problems, drug addiction...

  • Maria Bonaccorso Scotto

    maria s 00We first met Maria Bonaccorso in 1975 when our community of Franciscan Sisters of the Poor was taking its first steps in Messina and our Sisters were collaborating with the parish of St. Catherine where the daughters...

  • Gifts to spread and share

    psv 00Our Associates, Prisca and Calogero, 
back from their visit in the Philippines - The Word of God teaches us to multiply the gifts we are entrusted with; to receive a gift and accept it, being confident that it will bear fruit in us...

  • A healing Alliance: 'She who knows', pastoral activities with women in Italy

    alleate axt 00The Alliance is rooted in the heart of Francesca Schervier (Aachen, 1819-1876), which reached the heart of Sr Michela Refatto and Sr Raffaella Maresca, who in 2013 launched the project called, 'Colei che sa' (She who knows) in Italy...

  • Perpetual profession of Sr. Maria Chiara, Sr. Jacqueline Flavienne and Sr. Pelagie 
at Assisi

    ppafs 00On September 17, 2022, the Feast of the Stigmata of St Francis, Sr. Maria Chiara from Italy, Sr. Jacqueline Flavienne from Senegal and Sr. Pelagie from Burkina Faso made their perpetual profession at the Shrine of the...

  • Italy's Assembly: Touching Life

    ass22ita 00As Sisters and Associates of the Italian Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, we gathered on Zoom for our Assembly and deepened our second Chapter Call: To be instruments of healing for our wounded world...

  • The Strenght That Generates Hope

    forza 00Our names are Silvio and Elisabetta, we are a couple in our seventies from Padua, Associates of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, whom we met in 1998. A few years ago, when Silvio's career was coming to an end...

  • Sr. Raffaella Maresca, SFP

    raffaella vite sacre 00Raffaella Maresca was born in Limbiate, in the province of Milan, on December 25, 1972. She was the second child of her mother, Emilia, and father, Michele. A few years later, following the premature death of her father, she returned...

  • The Maundy Gang

    bdl 00Loving others means caring for their poverty. I’ve always tried to practice it, but when you, Mother Frances, became part of my heart and my life I really understood what poverty is. I understood that...

  • Welcoming and sharing diversity

    accogliere 00The third Chapter Call “We will be witnesses of unity in diversity, developing our multicultural identity and our relationships with the whole community of life”, focused our reflection on being witnesses of 'unity in diversity'...

  • Lasting Friendship

    a mir 00My name is Elisa. I am 22 years old and live in Padua. Some months ago, I accepted the opportunity to participate in a very interesting initiative: I became a volunteer at the Progetto Miriam and I must admit that...

  • Encounters with Mercy

    icm 00The women's section of the Roman prison of Rebibbia is one of the largest in Europe: it has a capacity of 300 people but has come to accommodate more than 400 women. As a Franciscan of the Poor, I have...

  • Youth Center: Discovering What Really Matters

    carla cg 00My name is Carla. I am from Calabria.  I'm 28 years old and I have studied Tourism Science. My journey started in Cosenza, my city, where I met the Community of Saint Dominic of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, through a voluntary service to...

  • Mother Earth, thank you!

    gmt 00Taking care of our Mother Earth is not just an individual responsibility but also a relational experience. It engages us to share with others the work, joy, service and love for the entire Creation. In following our Mother Frances Schervier’s charism...

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