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The Franciscan Sisters of the Poor have been serving in Italy for over 60 years (since 1947). For over half a century, they have upheld and furthered the mission of caring for the poor and needy — those who have been neglected and ignored by greater society. Today, the Sisters have over 10 different programs in a multitude of areas and locations.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Giving Life the color of Care

    rinnovo 20 00On July 22nd, 2020, Sr. Mariachiara Ferrari, Sr. Roberta Sommaggio and Sr. Carmen De Matteo renewed their vows of poverty, obedience and chastity in a quiet and familiar atmosphere. We interviewed them to find out what...

  • ‘Colei che sa - She who knows’ in the time of Covid-19

    ccsa320 00To keep alive the alliance between the women of "Colei che sa (She who knows)," and to support each other even at a distance during the lockdown, we created an unusual path of reflection and sharing on the Sunday Gospels. ‘WhatsApp’ has been our...

  • “Generativity: gestures of closeness in times of pandemic”

    rds 2020 int 00On 9 March 2020, the Ministerial Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers of Italy prohibited all forms of gathering of people in public places or in places open to the public throughout Italy in order to contain the Covid-19 virus...

  • 2020 Italian Area Assembly: Zooming in on care

    00 zoom Zoomando sulla cura2020 is a year we will not forget. Accepting this year – and its pandemic --  has meant rethinking the way we relate to people as suggested by our Chapter Direction  “Transformed by the Risen Christ, we incarnate the Gospel, welcoming all...

  • In Prison - Time is greater than space

    car 20 00The first time I went to a prison, I asked myself: ‘Will I make it?’ I went there for a specific project: helping run a sewing workshop in the women's section of the Prison of Perugia. I wondered: ‘Will I be able to talk to them? Will they snap at me?...

  • Beauty, Affection and Care - Living in wisdom and relating to our Common House

    f20 00The communities of the Italian area experienced a weekend of Continuous Membership Development. The meetings were characterized by the joy of getting together and having among us Sr. Licia Mazzia and Sr. Wilma Molinari...

  • The Church wich goes forth

    cu 00Pope Francis invited the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor to be a part of the “Church which goes forth.” This is the reason why we enthusiastically participated in an International Meeting entitled “The Church Which Goes Forth...

  • A Very Special Day

    0rdsgpOn the occasion of the World Day of the Poor, we attended the a concert held in the Vatican at “Raggi di Sole,” our daytime center for the homeless. It was touching and exciting to see this big Hall full of people...

  • The Cry Of the Earth, the Cry Of the Poor

    gtgp 00Last September at the wonderful 1500s charterhouse in Avigliana, we participated in a formation course  presented by “Casacomune” (Common house) of the Abele Group a non profit organization headed by father Luigi Ciotti...

  • Taking a break in the encounter

    sostare 00“Sostare” which translates into English as “taking a break” is composed by two parts: “know” and “stay”. Thus, this is the title we gave to the experience we shared in Naples. From 19 to 24 of July, Sisters Elisa and Roberta and I, along with...

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