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.



  • Ponder ~ Consider ~ Savor

    june 00In the space of eight days I received three words for my journey this year. At Pinecroft New Year eve liturgy Fr. Pat reflected on Mary and her posture of ‘pondering’. He suggested that few people would ever choose ‘ponder’...

  • Attracted by Evident Joy and Pervasive Wisdom

    brownlee mThe joy evident among Sisters and Associates attracted Mary Ann Brownlee to become an Associate of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor 25 years ago. “I admired the intellectual planning and implementation of your discernment...

  • Walking

    Camminando mThe hymn that closed the Jubilee Mass of the US Area’s 2015 Assembly reminded Sisters and Associates to be the light of the world to others and to “Go Make a Difference.” This year Karen Skillman has celebrated 30 years of her First Covenant...

  • Surrender Your Comfort Zone, Engage with Others

    a usa 00Like the disciples who were asked repeatedly to step out of their comfort zones as they encountered the Risen Christ, US Area Sisters and Associates were challenged during their 2015 Assembly to surrender their comfort zones and engage in ministry...

  • Breathing in the Spirit: Embracing Our Giftedness

    nacar 00A retreat gives people time to look inward and reflect on one’s life journey and to discern some next steps. Attending the 2015 North American Conference of Associates and Religious (NACAR) retreat May 26‒29, 2015, provided opportunity...

  • “Franciscan Feet on the Streets” Airs on WLRU Radio

    ht 00The Franciscan Sisters of the Poor in the US Area have kicked off “Franciscan Feet on the Streets,” a new live, weekly radio show featuring stories of the Sisters and their ministries. The radio program debuted August 4...

  • Students Learn about Consecrated Life

    sv 00What should a young person consider when choosing a vocation to the single life, married life, or consecrated religious life?  Bishop Fenwick Students Learn about Consecrated Life From Franciscan Sisters of the Poor...

  • Mission Alive!

    ma 00“Live the Mission. Let it come alive in and through us.” Those words from Sr. Marilyn Trowbridge, Congregational Councilor of the US Area, summed up the presentation of “Mission Alive!”—the unveiling of the Area’s and sponsored ministries’...

  • All Are Welcome

    aw 00As part of the continuing celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) encouraged religious congregations to sponsor
an open house to share on their life and call.

  • Year-Old Thrift Shop Offers Hope, Dignity

    ped 00First birthdays are milestones, signs that something new has flourished and lasted. First birthdays fill us with hope for the future. As Associates of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor celebrated on December 13, 2014, the first birthday...

  • March against climate change

    mcc 0On Sunday, September 21 2014, more than 2,700 rallies worldwide were held, sending a strong message to the United Nations General Assembly which began its meeting in New York on September 23rd. We were among the more than...

  • 2014 LCWR Assembly

    LCWR2014 mMore than 750 Sisters attended the 2014 LCWR Assembly from August 12 to August 16 in Nashville, Tennessee. It was a very special blessing for all of us present. The theme was “HOLY MYSTERY REVEALED IN OUR MIDST”.

  • Franciscan Federation Conference

    w0The 49th annual Franciscan Federation Conference was held in St. Louis from July 18-20. The theme was: “Celebrating the Kindom Power.” Our two presenters, Margie Will OSF and Michael Crosby OFM Cap. shared their reflections with us.

  • Celebrating Associate Covenants

    celebrating mOn Sunday, August 24th about 80 people gathered in St. Clare Convent Chapel to celebrate our Annual Covenant Ceremony. The Franciscan Sisters of the Poor welcomed with great joy Joan Hock, Pam Rouster, Nancy Smith...

  • Assembly 2014: Being Apostles of the Resurrection Today

    ausa mOur 2014 Assembly, “Embracing the Call to be Apostles the Resurrection,” began with a warm welcome by Sr. Marilyn Trowbridge, and a prayer ritual during which Associate Gloriajean Wallace called each participant...

  • The Centennial Barn: a Healing Community

    usa mEven though they had a very limited budget, Dawn and Caleb Murray had a beautiful wedding – thanks to the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor and the Centennial Barn. From the time that the Sisters decided to renovate the old barn...

  • A new moment in our Congregation

    unnuovo mThe General Chapter came to a close on September 6. Now it is time to pause, to ponder what happened to us as Congregation, as Areas, as individuals. I believe the Holy Spirit worked once again with our frail and wounded...

  • Learning a New Way of Being

    imparando mSarah Hellmann, Keith Pfaller, Maria Meyer, Cassandra Drennen, and Caroline Drennen had a great immersion trip to Senegal to visit the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor (SFP) and their ministries March 2-11, 2014.

  • Sister Rita K. Kerr

    kerr mRita Kathleen Kerr was born in Orange, NJ, the daughter of Margaret (Hartnett) and James Kerr. She and her two brothers and one sister grew up in a deeply religious household. Her father, a Presbyterian later converted to Catholicism.

  • Fundraising Event for Senegal Kindergarten

    raccoltafondi mOn January 29 the global medical technology company Becton Dickinson (BD) sponsored an event for the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor at its headquarters in New Jersey. The purpose of the event was to introduce...

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