U.S.A (Tag)

     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.
  • Bloom where you are planted!


    We 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...

  • Sister Joanna Burkhart, SFP

    altAfter completing a program in Clinical Pastoral Education, Sr. Joanna joined the pastoral care staff at Providence Hospital (now Mercy Franciscan Mt. Airy). In 1975, she was the first woman to be certified by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.

  • Sister Moira Doherty , SFP

    altOn August 1, 1970, Sister Moira pronounced Perpetual Vows of Obedience, Poverty, and Celibacy as a Franciscan Sister of the Poor. Her Profession was indeed a glorious day, filled with joy amid her Sisters, relatives and friends...

  • Sister Claudia Burke , SFP

    altWhen Mary Virginia was invested with the habit of the Congregation, she was given the name Sister Claudia. Sister professed First Vows on September 8, 1946, and made her Perpetual Profession on September 8, 1951.

  • Sister Marilyn Fischer, SFP

    altInscribed in the ring that Sr. Marilyn Fischer wore for nearly forty-five years following her Perpetual Profession to serve God as a Franciscan Sister of the Poor are the words of St. Francis of Assisi, My God and My All.

  • Sister Rosalita Losonsky, SFP

    altSr. Rosalita attended St. Mary School of Nursing in Quincy, IL, to prepare for service in the Congregation’s health care ministry. While in Quincy, Sister attended Quincy College taking courses that would transfer to the University of Dayton...

  • Sister Mary Antonita Mettert, SFP

    altAmanda Mary Knecht and Allen James Mettert welcomed their fifth child, Mary Jane, on September 23, 1927 in New Castle, Indiana. Mary Jane was also greeted by her sister Ann and brothers John, Russell and Allen. Allen Senior supported...

  • Associate Gerald (Jerry) Altenau

    altHe was a man of super energy! This was reflected in his first Covenant as being involved in his parish as a Eucharistic Minister, lector, para-liturgical member, and member of the Grieving Committee. He was known as a son...

  • Sister Elizabeth Carline Mast, SFP

    sr-mast m Elizabeth Carline was born on July 20, 1922 to Clara Talken and August Mast.Times were difficult as these proud parents of eight provided for their children during the Great Depression.They were active members...
  • Associate Victoria “Tori” Moore

    altTori was born October 17, 1956 in Medina, Ohio, the daughter of Robert D. and Shirlea (Hudson) Moore. Later she lived in Dayton, Ohio, where she became a dedicated nurse at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. A request came...

  • Franciscan Federation Honors Sr. Mary Lawrence

    1preview This year, the Franciscan Federation Conference was held in Cincinnati from July 27th – 30th.  The theme was: “Releasing Energies to Love: Creative Fidelity in the Church.”
  • Octoberfest at the Centennial Barn

    7bpreview The Centennial Barn’s Octoberfest officially dates back to 2010, but its roots actually go much deeper – all the way back to ancient times of thanksgiving for a good harvest through the Christian 'Loaf Mass'...
  • 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

    12preview When 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.”

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