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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.

 

 

 

 

 

  • rmp 00We plan, in the coming years, to implement our Chapter Direction: to live as Resurrected. As we exchanged the blessings, hopes and prayers, each of us experienced the healing energy of our Charism working within our group...

  • rmv 00The atmosphere of profound meditation allowed us to feel the sacredness of this historical moment for the Congregation, so we closed the retreat by dedicating some time to a prayer of transition, which helped us understand more deeply...

  • r apv 00We shared our feelings and prayers regarding this transition and, by doing so, felt in communion with every other daughter and son of Mother Frances. We asked for new vocations so as to disseminate the Charism even more in Italy and beyond...

  • rp 00This past May 22nd, we renewed our Covenants as Associates of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor. During our preparatory meeting with the sisters in the Saint Clare Community, we shared our proposals, our experiences with Mother Frances...

  • m0August 30 was truly a special day in my life, a day full of joy! After spending 5 years in Rome, I consecrated my life as a Member of the SFP family. The day I was to say ‘yes’ had come, and I felt protected and supported by...

  • essere mOn May 4th and 5th the communities of Rome and Messina held their meeting and on May 24th and 25th, the communities of Pistoia, Assisi and Padua had their gathering. These meetings marked an important stage in the Italian...

  • date mI am Sr. Mara Bellutta and on April 26 2014 I consecrated my life to God in the family of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor. In the months leading up to this date, many people asked if I was afraid of dedicating the rest of...

  • itIn Rome, there are about 7,000 people and less than 1,000 of them find shelter in the homeless shelters managed by the city and various volunteer associations. Besides foreigners, there is an increasing number of Italians...

  • a i mFrom February 14 to 16 2014, the Sisters and Associates of the Italian Area met in Vermicino for the Assembly. We experienced the joy of being together again and of welcoming among us Sisters Licia, Marvi, Giannica, and Marina.

  • votivincenza mOn January 4, 2014, in my home parish church of SS. Trinità in Torre Annunziata, I said my eternal “yes” to God with Perpetual Consecration in this family of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor. The preparation time up to the celebration...

  • coleichesa mThis year our Casetta Nova Community (casa S. Antonio), together with all the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, celebrates the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Youth Center. We decided to celebrate in appreciation...

  • sr.giannagiovannangeliFive years ago, when I presented in Chapter, I told the Sisters that I love life and that there is a circle of life which I follow wherever it goes. Even after 25 years as a member of our religious family, I feel myself evolving and changing.

  • casadei mDuring this year – which for me is a jubilee year – I find myself looking at a statement made by Pope Ratzinger when he was still a Cardinal: “…for the Church the time has come for less organization and more Holy Spirit.”

  • barbassisi mI had the opportunity on October 4 to personally meet Pope Francis during his visit to Assisi. The Director of the Seraphic Institute for Disabled Children, where I worked during the months of August and September, requested my availability...

  • visitespeprmi mDuring the month of September, Italy received the visit of the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking (especially women and children), Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, Esq. She had been invited by the Italian Government and met with various...

  • risc mDuring the apostolic visit of Sr. Tiziana Merletti to the communities of Pistoia and Assisi, the Sisters had the opportunity to reflect and exchange ideas on the theme of Franciscan Discernment. It was an opportunity...

  • altFrom April 25th to 30th, 2013, the General Assembly of the International Franciscan Conference of the Sisters and Brothers of the Third Order Regular took place in Assisi. The themes was: “Rooted in Christ, On Fire with the Spirit, Go...

  • altFrom April 25th to 30th, 2013, the General Assembly of the International Franciscan Conference of the Sisters and Brothers of the Third Order Regular took place in Assisi. The themes was: “Rooted in Christ, On Fire with the Spirit, Go...Transform the World!”

  • altIn my heart I can still hear the echo of the powerful words in the Gospel of May 18, 1984. “Peter, do you love me? Do you love me more than...?” We had chosen this passage because Mother Frances was inspired by it...

  • alt“Give me everything”
    These are the words I heard at 16 years of age that began my journey. In trying to understand what this meant and how to live it, I arrived at Casetta Nova. Meeting the Franciscan Sisters...

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