A small group of Sisters came to the United States from Germany in 1858 to minister to the poor and sick. Sisters in the United States work in a variety of different ministries.



  • Shine like lights on the world

    Dear and Sisters and Associates, Whenever I think of a Jubilee, the words of St. Paul to the Philippians come home to me . . . “Shine like lights on the world, as you hold on to the Word of Life . . . "
  • Prayer and the Quest for Healing

    2a preview On November 10, 2012, over 80 Sisters and Associates from around the Cincinnati Area gathered at the Centennial Barn for a retreat presented by Sister Barbara Fiand, SNDdeN.Sponsored by...
  • Christmas Songfest

    Karen Amend of Wyoming helps decorate for the Songfest

    On Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm, over 250 people attended The Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Annual Christmas Songfest. The Sisters invited the community to open the Christmas Season with them as choirs from...

  • Making a Difference: One Encounter at a Time

    12previewWhen I first read the Chapter theme of “Set free the healing energy of Christ,” a sense of peace filled me. The theme resonated with me on many levels. The Gospel story of Lazarus...


  • A daily ‘yes!’

    hessler preview Sister Therese Martin Hessler is awed by the number and variety of experiences and opportunities offered in religious life.  “They all grew out of my participation in our charism, and the missions in which it is expressed...
  • ACWR Conference New Orleans

    5 preview Archivists Veronica Buchanan and Mary Milburn attended the seventh triennial conference of the Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious (ACWR), held in New Orleans, Louisiana, from September 6th through the 9th 2012. The theme of the conference was “Meeting the Challenges of the Present: Shaping our Future Now.”
  • In Celebration Of Your Years Of Co-Ministering With The SFP

    skillman preview Karen made her first commitment on November 11, 1985 and her permanent covenant on August 8, 2010. Karen's independent study in preparation for permanent covenant was to write a paper on the new ministry...
  • The Poor are You your Friends, your Family…

    If you want to know something about a ministry, you can look at its history and goals – and do everything the logical way…But if you want to really know…


  • The Next Generation Speaks..

    suorepreviewThe women in formation gathered in June in the United States to attend a seminar sponsored by the Congregation entitled “Sowing Seeds of Healing.” For two weeks they were...

  • Hope in the Midst of Despair…

    “Jesus is my hope. He is the only one who loves me just as I am.” Nonica said this as a matter of fact. When a person simply states a fact..


  • The gift we have received we give to each of you

    Ann Cecile Albers previewGood Shepherd Community started using the healing Calendar together in Community in January. We did the individual experience and then shared each month at our community...


  • Month by Month Blessings

    mary madonna hoying previewThe impact of the 2012 Healing Calendar for me was a blessing in many ways.  Each month at our Community Meeting, after house business was finished, we shared about how that month’s calendar...

  • In the spirit of profound gratitude

    arleen bourquinPreview Sister Arleen grew up in Resurrection Parish in Dayton, Ohio and attended the former Julienne High School. She then became a registered nurse and worked at St. Elizabeth Hospital for three years before entering St. Clare Convent...
  • My life has been a happy one

    ferripreview1 Sister Margie Ferri made her final vows on September 8, 1960. She is celebrating 60 years as a Franciscan Sister of the Poor! Sister Margie was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and was the first of three children...
  • Sister Bonnie Steinlage is honored by Hope Lutheran Church

    1cpreview Periodically, Hope Lutheran Church in Cincinnati honors a community member who has made an outstanding contribution to the poor and homeless. This year, they chose to honor a Franciscan Sister of the Poor...
  • An Evening of Gratitude and Celebration!

    c3preview On April 28, 2012, Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Hoboken NJ, held “An Evening of Gratitude,” honoring Sister Grace Frances Strauber, S.F.P. and the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor.
  • U.S. Area Assembly 2012: Facing our Future with Hope

    e3preview Sr. Jo-Ann Jackowski led the Opening Ritual for the Assembly: the song, prayer and process focused on the Spirit of God, the breath of life.
  • Ways of healing

    bernadette sullivan previewOur Healing Charism is a blessing for us and for all those with whom we come in contact.  Sister Antonietta Potente said that God’s making all things new “happens mostly in strange silent transformations.”

  • A New Culture…A Familiar Challenge

    beth Rindler previewSince Vatican II, I have sought to live in areas where there are people who are more likely to be poor than affluent…which is why I chose to live in an area in Detroit known as Hamtramck, a Polish settlement...

  • Acceptance - and Differences can be Healing

    beth Rindler previewI have several thoughts in response to Father Gittins' statement: “You are Christians, and therefore people who live, who exude and who heal with hope. It is an essential component of your healing charism."

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