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.



  • 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.

  • Sister Loretta Mick, SFP

    loretta mSister Loretta Mick, 83, died peacefully on March 20, 2013, in the newly opened Magnificat Unit at St. Clare Convent, Cincinnati, Ohio and in the loving presence of the Sisters living at the Convent. She served faithfully in the ministry...

  • SFP US Area Assembly 2013

    2previewThe Assembly opened on Thursday with evening prayer led by Sr. Jo Ann Jackowski. The ceremony, which included the Easter fire, was planned to start outside with the Sisters and Associates processing inside to the chapel.

  • Magnificat Community Joins St. Clare Convent

    1apreviewIn 2012 after many thoughtful considerations and discussions, Sister Joanne Schuster met with Sister Paula Huecker to discuss the long standing practice of sending SFPs to Mercy Franciscan Terrace for care and treatment..

  • Our First Annual Associate-Sister Tea Party

    10apreview Recently Joan Mills, Director of U.S. Area Associates,  gathered  a committee to plan activities.  One of the first ventures – an Associate-Sister Tea Party – was a resounding success.
  • Bloom where you are planted!

    16previewWe see the Chapter theme as extremely necessary for the healing of the Community of Life. It is through the Energy of Christ that all healing takes place and the Community of Life needs this energy to survive...

  • Sister Coletta Goetz, SFP

    altOur gentle little Sister Coletta Goetz lived by the words of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels.  In reflecting on her life one might say that she was a living gospel. In the early hours of February 20, 2009, Jesus called this diminutive Sister...

  • Sister Marie Heitkamp, SFP

    altShe ministered to the poor by begging for food and other necessities and visiting the sick. At this time she also began taking college courses that would prove to be foundational to her future ministries. On September 8, 1948...

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