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.



  • New Leadership installation

    newleadinst mOn December 1, 2013, the first Sunday of Advent, we experienced a meaningful step as Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, as we celebrated the installation of our Congregational Leadership elected at the last General Chapter. The ceremony took place...

  • Associate Anniversaries

    guibass mI practice daily prayer and reflection based on the teachings of Francis and Clare and with materials received from the Congregation. I will continue to teach my high school students about Francis, Clare and the Congregation.

  • Jubilarians in the U.S. Area

    art.1 mThis year in the U.S. Area we celebrated 4 platinum jubilees (70 years), 3 diamond jubilees (60 years) and one golden jubilee (50 years). Over their collective 510 years of service, they have given much, seen much and, particularly...

  • "What can I do to repay God's goodness?"

    checosa mDuring the U.S. Area Assembly in April there was a celebration of the 510 years of fidelity of these Sisters and God's fidelity to them. However, at that time it was really only the Sisters who were present. It seemed to me that it was fitting...

  • National Conference in Nashville

    nashville mTwo of Tamar’s Place (Cincinnati) newest volunteers from Kentucky and myself attended Thistle Farms First National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee on October 13-15, 2013. Thistle Farms was named by its founder, Episcopal...

  • A Mass of Remembrance

    massofrem mOn Saturday, November  2 – the Feast of All Souls – we held a Mass of Remembrance for Sisters and Associates who died during 2013. We gathered together with Father Fred Link, OFM, as the celebrant, and both Sisters and Associates who died...

  • A Sabbatical Year

    subyear mLast Spring I requested the Congregation’s permission to take a sabbatical to prepare for heaven.  I am not sure what this meant for me  -- except I had lived a very active, busy life and was involved in ministry with our...

  • Ruth Z. Cronin

    cronin mRuth Z. Cronin, 93, died at Jewish Hospital on Sunday, September 15, 2013. She was born July 15, 1920, beloved daughter of the late Alphonse and Amelia (Sohm) Zumwalde. Ruth had 6 children, 18 grandchildren...

  • Decisions, Direction and New Beginnings

    decdirnuo mThe final week of the 14th General Chapter of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor was busy indeed! When the Members entered the Chapter Room for morning prayer on Sunday, September 1, 2013, they could see that it was a new day...

  • New Leadership

    nlmOn September 4, 2013 and September 5, 2013 at the 14th General Chapter held in Marriottsville, Maryland, after prayer and discernment there was an election process to elect new leadership.

  • SFP Chapter Notes

    notedalcap mAfter a week of intensive meetings punctuated by joyful celebrations, we are preparing for a second week of prayerful discernment and decision. Major change circulated with the air – beginning with  Sr. Tiziana’s address on Monday (August 26th)...

  • The Chapter Begins

    capcom mOur Sisters, Associates, Auditors, guests (the Sisters of the Poor of St. Francis) and  interpreters gathered at the Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center in Marriottsville, Maryland  from as  far away as the Philippines...

  • Sister Arlene McGowan, SFP

    arlene mSister Arlene McGowan was anxious to return home after a nine-day stay in Mercy Mount Airy Hospital in Cincinnati following back surgery to relieve the pressure on nerves that were causing excruciating pain...

  • Flowers for Magnificat Community

    fsr mThe Associates decided to present flowers to the members of Magnificat Community. They prepared beautiful bouquets of real flowers, along with some ‘homemade’ ones which contained spiritual bouquets from our Associates. On Tuesday...

  • Franciscan by nature


    I think I am Franciscan by nature. When I was in my teens, I would sing the love songs I heard on the radio, only I sang them to God. As the fifth of six children – 3 boys and 3 girls -- reared in a very Catholic household, I met and dated a number of...

  • The grace of God


    With the grace of God, religious life is a wonderful life. And if I had life to live over again, I would do it again, of course!  I came from a small town in Newfoundland – only 45 families lived there – the third of six children: three boys, three girls.

  • The new ways


    The celebration of a Jubilee is as good a time as any to reflect back on the years, and the joys, of religious life. Certainly I lived through them all – and loved every one of them. Religious life has changed dramatically during these years...

  • In Celebration of a Jubilee

    altI am happier now than I was when I entered! I have absolutely no regrets. I have been so blessed. I never expected, as a farmer’s daughter, to learn so much or go to so many places. I have served in Dayton OH, Detroit, MI, Brazil and Senegal...

  • I say Yes !


    I know that living as a woman religious is truly God’s work; always sayingyes to God and my superiors is what my life is about.
    My first step into the Congregation was made at twelve years of age. I was injured...

  • Associate Mary Peniston

    altMary Peniston began working as a Security Guard at Providence Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio at its opening in 1971. Mary never married and cared for her mother until she died. She grieved the loss of her mother deeply.

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