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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.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Giving Life the color of Care

    rinnovo 20 00On July 22nd, 2020, Sr. Mariachiara Ferrari, Sr. Roberta Sommaggio and Sr. Carmen De Matteo renewed their vows of poverty, obedience and chastity in a quiet and familiar atmosphere. We interviewed them to find out what...

  • ‘Colei che sa - She who knows’ in the time of Covid-19

    ccsa320 00To keep alive the alliance between the women of "Colei che sa (She who knows)," and to support each other even at a distance during the lockdown, we created an unusual path of reflection and sharing on the Sunday Gospels. ‘WhatsApp’ has been our...

  • “Generativity: gestures of closeness in times of pandemic”

    rds 2020 int 00On 9 March 2020, the Ministerial Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers of Italy prohibited all forms of gathering of people in public places or in places open to the public throughout Italy in order to contain the Covid-19 virus...

  • 2020 Italian Area Assembly: Zooming in on care

    00 zoom Zoomando sulla cura2020 is a year we will not forget. Accepting this year – and its pandemic --  has meant rethinking the way we relate to people as suggested by our Chapter Direction  “Transformed by the Risen Christ, we incarnate the Gospel, welcoming all...

  • In Prison - Time is greater than space

    car 20 00The first time I went to a prison, I asked myself: ‘Will I make it?’ I went there for a specific project: helping run a sewing workshop in the women's section of the Prison of Perugia. I wondered: ‘Will I be able to talk to them? Will they snap at me?...

  • Beauty, Affection and Care - Living in wisdom and relating to our Common House

    f20 00The communities of the Italian area experienced a weekend of Continuous Membership Development. The meetings were characterized by the joy of getting together and having among us Sr. Licia Mazzia and Sr. Wilma Molinari...

  • The Church wich goes forth

    cu 00Pope Francis invited the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor to be a part of the “Church which goes forth.” This is the reason why we enthusiastically participated in an International Meeting entitled “The Church Which Goes Forth...

  • A Very Special Day

    0rdsgpOn the occasion of the World Day of the Poor, we attended the a concert held in the Vatican at “Raggi di Sole,” our daytime center for the homeless. It was touching and exciting to see this big Hall full of people...

  • The Cry Of the Earth, the Cry Of the Poor

    gtgp 00Last September at the wonderful 1500s charterhouse in Avigliana, we participated in a formation course  presented by “Casacomune” (Common house) of the Abele Group a non profit organization headed by father Luigi Ciotti...

  • Taking a break in the encounter

    sostare 00“Sostare” which translates into English as “taking a break” is composed by two parts: “know” and “stay”. Thus, this is the title we gave to the experience we shared in Naples. From 19 to 24 of July, Sisters Elisa and Roberta and I, along with...

  • 30 years of Franciscans International: memory and prophecy

    pm30 00May God open the hearts of all the Franciscans so that we can fulfill together our vocation of being promoter of a "New heaven and a new earth” (Re. 21,1), a world which can be grounded on justice, peace and goodness of the Creation...

  • A time of healing and regeneration

    sab marina 00In this year of Healing I was given a wonderful gift: a sabbatical year without pastoral tasks or specific services. I bless the Lord and the Congregation for an opportunity that allows me to regenerate in body and soul and to renew my desire to give myself...

  • Welcome to Women

    asrlo 00For the last few months I have been participating in a project called “Chaire Gynai”, a Greek expression whose meaning in English is “Welcome to Women”.This project was inspired by Pope Francis to welcome refugee women who have children...

  • A New Breath of Life

    glicini 00The possibility of bringing Mother Frances’ healing’s gifts to everyone is limitless and borderless. For about two years, I have been serving in a community in Pistoia (Italy) that helps young women who are addicted...

  • Meeting together with “Colei che sa”

    ccs4l 00This project began in 2013 at Casetta Nova in Frascati (Rome) and it is dedicated to women over 35 who wish to nourish their spiritual and human life with new languages of body, mind, heart and soul. The Mother Frances’ charism...

  • Bulding to Grow, Growing to Build

    AssAreaItafotinaWe had all been happily awaiting our Italian assembly: there we meet and celebrate our faith in God. During this year’s meeting, we also talked about our all of our experiences, and reflected on our ministries and on the meaning... 

  • A year of grace and healing

    PelagiefotinaDuring this year, the bicentenary of the birth of Mother Frances, God gifted me with a rich and intense experience that transformed my life. During my stay in Italy, I developed skills such as the ability to adapt...

  • A dream come true

    pl 00Finally, on November 18, we officially inaugurated our new community, Perfetta Letizia. Everything was carefully prepared; the chapel was decorated in a harmony of colors. The prayers and songs were augmented with simple gestures...

  • Lend your hand to those who need it

    piazza l 00Sisters and Associates of the Franciscan of the Poor are assisting poor and homeless people by providing a “Network for Meals on the Streets.” The project involves parishes, associations and volunteers in the distribution of...

  • Solidarity and Healing

    7ceste 00In 2016, the Diocesan Caritas movement in collaboration with the Municipality of Assisi, opened a charity store called “Seven Baskets” (“7 Ceste”). I was involved, as a  volunteer, from the very beginning. Prior to its opening...

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